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today at five, it's another gruelling day for theresa may and her brexit plans. conservative remain mps are threatening to support legislation that could wreck her proposals. could a commons defat this evening mean the end of the chequers deal on brexit? we'll have the latest. the other main stories on bbc news at 5... the pro—brexit campaign group vote leave has been fined and referred to the police for breaking electoral rules during the referendum two years ago. after siding with valdimir putin over america's intelligence agencies, donald trump faces a tidal wave of criticism, including from the most senior republican in congress. not only did russia meddle with our elections, they're doing it around the world. they did it to france, they did it to moldova, they're doing it to the baltics. russia is trying to undermine democracy itself to delegitimise democracy. the first hosepipe ban of the summer could see seven million people in the north—west rationing water, as the dry spell continues. screams
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and 23 people are injured as flying lava from a volcano hits a tour boat, in hawaii. it's 5 o'clock. good afternoon. our top story is that the government faces another crunch vote in the commons over its brexit plans. this time the trade bill is being debated, with a number of conservatives who voted remain in the eu referendum threatening to vote against the government. they're arguing that if there's no free trade agreement reached with brussels by mid—january next year, then the uk should join a customs union to maintain frictionless trade with the eu. the problem is theresa may has
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doggedly opposed membership of any customs union, and the idea isn't part of the brexit agreement she hammered out at chequers. this is the scene live where they have been debating a number of amendments put down by all of the parties concerning the trade bill. of course, the one that many people are of course, the one that many people a re interested of course, the one that many people are interested in is the vote that could take place a little later on this evening, concerning the amendment as to whether or not the trade bill should contain a provision that means that if no free trade agreement is reached with the european union by the government by january the 19th next year, then a customs union should be joined january the 19th next year, then a customs union should bejoined by the uk with the eu. that amendment is supported by a number of remain conservative mps. that vote is a little bit later on this evening. well our political correspondent leila nathoo is in the central lobby at westminster. it seems that hell hath no fury like
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a remaina it seems that hell hath no fury like a remain a scorned? the remainers in the conservative party feel it should be their turn, after concessions were made to brexiteers yesterday following a customs bill? interestingly, the remainers in the conservative party were always the main threat to the two bits of legislation going through the commons this week until the chequers agreement was reached. at that point they said, look, we'll try to give a third way, a compromise agreement, a chance, it has bits and pieces in it that we like so we will back off the amendment. it was only yesterday when the brexiteers anita —— in the party tabled the amendments that got accepted party tabled the amendments that got a cce pted by party tabled the amendments that got accepted by the government, it's so riled the remainers in the tory party that they are back in business on their amendments. yesterday you saw a very narrow victory for the government, just three votes in it.
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there were remainer is showing strength in numbers, with a full turnout of the other opposition parties it could well have been a defeat for the government. the remainers will be looking to inflict damage on the government brexit plan today. now we are in the danger zone in terms of amendments being discussed in the commons. it is these sets of amendments, talking about a customs union in future, thatis about a customs union in future, that is where the main threat lies to theresa may's brexit plans. what about the possibility of this amendment, if it does go through on amendment, if it does go through on a customs union, actually wrecking the chequers deal? is that what remainers want? yesterday, they accuse the brexiteers doing the same, basically accusingly amendments put down yesterday of being wrecking amendments. the brexiteers have actually only put them down to register their protest and discontent against the chequers plan. thejury and discontent against the chequers plan. the jury is still out as to whether what was agreed on yesterday
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actually materially changes what was in the white paper, what was in the chequers agreement. the government insists there is no change of policy, that the amendments are peppered compatible. this would be a profound defeat if the customs union amendment gets the go—ahead. it seems like anything is possible at the moment. we didn't know what to expect last night, it kept on changing, the balance, until the last minute. i suspect we will see the same dynamics until the end tonight. the chequers deal led to a number of resignations, boris johnson and david davis, famously. we have been hearing from stewart jackson, david davis's former chief of staff. he was a close aide to david davis in the brexit department, one of those that had been working towards a version of the brexit plan, their own version of abe white paper that they say was scuppered by number 10, who came forward with a proposal that was com pletely forward with a proposal that was completely at odds with what david davis and stewart jackson, completely at odds with what david davis and stewartjackson, and many
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others in the brexit department wanted. stewart jackson is others in the brexit department wanted. stewartjackson is no longer an adviser in the brexit department and he is pretty cross about what went on. he has been speaking to my colleague. i think they have been very heavily le nt i think they have been very heavily lent on by multinationals and big business. i think there has been a lack of determination and courage. in many respects, we have made some wrong turns in negotiations. the tragedy is that so much time has elapsed, there is so little time to pull the situation around. do you believe a prime minister, number 10, truly believes in the brexit that people voted for? the answer to that is no, i don't. i believe she is very capable, she is focused, she has great attributes. but you don't wa nt has great attributes. but you don't want someone who has this very mechanistic, bureaucratic, slightly bureaucratic approach, we have to solve this problem. you want somebody with that drive, vision and
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imagination to really take the country in the direction of success after brexit. i think there has been after brexit. i think there has been a frustration on the part of many pro—brexit people that she has not really risen to that challenge since the general election. the chequers agreement clearly raising hackles in the brexiteer wing of the tory party. but the remainers believe the chequers deal is dead because of the amendments we saw yesterday. it seems like there is everything to play for in the last few days of the parliamentary session. incidentally, there are plans to bring forward the parliamentary recess, the day the parliamentary recess, the day the parliament breaks up for summer, to this thursday, leaving just a couple of days parliamentary business to 90, of days parliamentary business to go, instead of being next tuesday as originally scheduled. that has also provoked angerfrom originally scheduled. that has also provoked anger from right across the house, with mps set to vote against that when a cosy for them tomorrow.
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any votes to do with the trade deal, we will bring you them later. the official pro—brexit campaign group, vote leave, has been fined £61,000 for breaking electoral law, in the run—up to the eu referendum. the electoral commission says the group avoided spending limits by funnelling money through another campaign group, beleave. two people have been referred to the police. vote leave says the commission's report is "wholly inaccurate," and that it had a political agenda. here's our correspondent tom burridge. vote leave had big names campaigning for brexit, and that bus. but now the electoral commission says vote leave overspent and broke electoral law. like any other group campaigning in the referendum, vote leave was entitled to spend up to £7 million. but the electoral commission said it overspent by half a million, and it has fined vote leave £61,000. the electoral commission
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says vote leave worked with another campaign, beleave, to pay a data analytics firm £675,000 for adverts targeting voters. now, the money was sent to the company by beleave, but it came from vote leave. and the commission says vote leave should have declared it. vote leave claims the commission's report is politically motivated. we repeatedly sought co—operation from vote leave, which we didn't get. but we were able to get a whole range of evidence from different sources, which we have closely inspected and looked at in the course of our investigation. and i think we have produced a detailed, robust and impartial report. so i would strongly refute any allegation that the electoral commission isn't independent and impartial, because that is fundamental to what we did. the founder of beleave, darren
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grimes, has been fined £25,000. he said he was shocked and disappointed. vote leave said the electoral commission's report contained a number of false accusations and incorrect assertions, and it said it provided evidence to the electoral commission proving that there was no wrongdoing. vote leave actually deny what has been said. but in terms of expenditure, it's clear that the remain side spent more than the leave side in any event. i don't doubt the outcome of the referendum. but people who have been investigating vote leave's spending say the implications are very serious. you cannot underestimate the scale of this. and also, what the electoral commission has come outand said, this was a premeditated scheme. it was a premeditated scheme and they have refused to help with the electoral commission's inquiries. this absolutely goes to the very heart of government. because people like michael gove were central to the vote leave campaign. as if brexit wasn't already controversial enough. tom burridge, bbc news.
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0n the last few minutes we have had a response from matthew elliott, the former head of vote leave, to this decision. we are bemused by the findings of the electoral commission. when they introduced the interim report six weeks ago, we provided a very detailed 500 page response, answering all of their points with the opinions of a qc and several lawyers to back our claims. we're very disappointed they have not taken up our points or engaged in them with any meaningful way. moreover, we made it clear we were able to come in for an interview and give our side of the story. we feel it isa give our side of the story. we feel it is a very one—sided report. we wish they had followed due process. have they done so, just like they gave us the all clear on the first two occasions they investigated us, they would have given us the all clear on the third investigation. but they are very clear that they did come on three separate
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occasions, invite you for interviews and you refused. there was an exchange of letters, basically over christmas last year, when they started the third investigation. they seem to kick it off because a bunch of remainers started a judicial review against the electoral commission and they want to start a third investigation to try to stop that. we were saying to them, why are you starting this third investigation into the same matter you looked into an two other occasions? the key point was that in the final letter we made it clear we we re the final letter we made it clear we were willing to come to interview for any point and that is a position we have maintained and reiterated on several occasions, saying we will come and give evidence. matthew elliott, former head of the vote leave campaign. president trump is planning to meet members of congress this evening amid strong criticism from senior republicans following his summit with vladimir putin yesterday. speaking alongside the russian leader, mr trump contradicted the findings of his own intelligence services, which said moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election. the top republican in congress,
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house speaker paul ryan said president trump must see that russia is not an ally of the us. david willis reports from washington. arriving home to a blizzard of condemnation, the president who pledged to put america first is facing accusations of weakness from members of his own party. president trump's refusal to condemn russia's attempts to sway the outcome of the 2016 election and his characterisation of vladimir putin as both strong and powerful have incensed many here. among them, the former cia directorjohn brennan, who branded the move "nothing short of treasonous" on twitter, and accused president trump of being in president putin's pocket, whilst republican senator john mccain called it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an american president in memory". president trump's reluctance to criticise russia has prompted speculation that the kremlin may have something on him, incriminating information obtained
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during a business trip to moscow, perhaps, a suggestion mr trump was forced to confront before leaving helsinki. i guess he said as strongly as you can say it, they have no information on trump. it was an interesting statement. many years ago when i was there, a long time ago, he said there were many business people there. in all fairness, i was a very successful businessman, but i was one of a lot of people. and if they had it, it would have been out. as to the denial of russian meddling in the election which swept him to power, the president's very own head of national intelligence, dan coats, said in a statement, "we have been clear in our assessments of russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security". invited by an american tv reporter to inspect a copy of the indictments
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involving 12 russian military officers accused of hacking the computers of the hillary clinton campaign, the russian president demurred, only to repeat his insistence that russia wasn't involved. translation: first of all, russia as a state has never interfered with the internal affairs of the united states, let alone its elections. president trump is to meet with members of congress on tuesday, and there are those ready to challenge him with failing to stand up against an old adversary on behalf of the country that he was elected to protect. david willis, bbc news, washington. the third most powerful politician in america is the speaker of the house of representatives. he had this to say about moscow. let's be very clear,
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just so everybody knows, russia did meddle with our elections. not only did russia meddle with our elections, they are doing it around the world. they did it to france, they did it to moldova, they're doing it to the baltics. russia is trying to undermine democracy itself to delegitimise democracy. so, for some reason, they can look good by comparison. that's the really clear about that. the point we are making here is we know they interfere with our elections and we have passed sanctions on russia to hold them accountable. more importantly, what we intend to do is to make sure that they don't get away with it again. and also, to help our allies, to help those democracies, there is new and older democracies in the world who are going to be facing this kind of pressure again, this russian aggression again. we need to make sure we can equip them with the tools they need to stop this from happening in their democracies. the leader of the house of commons, andrea leadsom, has announced a series of measures to tackle sexual harassment and bullying at westminster. the new code of conduct follows several allegations of inappropriate behaviour last winter. mps will vote on the
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proposals on thursday. the headlines on bbc news... it's another gruelling day for theresa may and her brexit plans — remain supporters are threatening to support legislation, that could wreck her proposals. the pro—brexit campaign group vote leave has been fined and referred to the police for breaking electoral rules during the referendum two years ago. after siding with valdimir putin over america's intelligence agencies, donald trump faces a tidal wave of criticism, including from the most senior republican in congress. and england are chasing 257 to win the odi and england are chasing 257 to win the 0di against india. the wicket of jonny bairstow was the first to fall. he was gone for 30. the frenchman has won the tenth stage of the tour de france. geraint thomas
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and chris froome finished nearly two minutes behind the race leader. and liverpool make an offer for roma goalkeeper alison, reportedly in excess of £60 million, which would bea excess of £60 million, which would be a world record for a goalkeeper. i will be back with more on those stories after 5.30. seven million people in north west england are facing a hosepipe ban from early next month. united utilities is due to introduce the measure after weeks of hot and dry weather. the company says the temporary ban will ‘safeguard essential supplies' in the region, where reservoir levels are already low. danny savage has more. haweswater in cumbria. falling water levels here at united utilities' biggest reservoir have triggered the hosepipe ban. the lack of water has even exposed the remains of the village flooded to create this vast storage facility.
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the company says it has no choice but to impose a ban. we have had a little bit of rainfall, but sadly it is not enough to refill the reservoir to the point where they should be for this time of year. so that is why we have had to take this decision. we haven't taken it lightly, but we will need to impose a hosepipe ban. the ban affects nearly the whole north—west england, where united utilities has nearly 7 million customers. it will come into effect in the 5th of august unless there is prolonged rainfall between now and then — which looks unlikely. for the rest of this month, this hot, dry sunny weather will stick around for most areas of the uk, particularly the south and east. but to the north and west of the country i think there is a greater chance of more changeable conditions. yes, some dry days, but also weather fronts bringing rain or showers at times to western areas. as reservoirs in the region dry out, people here seem to accept a formal restriction is needed. we're on an island surrounded by it, but, yes, we will go with whatever instructions we are given.
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we've just watered the plants in the evenings using the waste water out of bathrooms. you can't have a good summer and, you know, have all the water as well. so... there's already a hosepipe ban in force in northern ireland and the republic, where blisteringly hot weather has melted roads and seen bowsers in use. it all has echoes of the famous summer of 1976, when the taps were turned off at times and people called the government, complaining about what they saw an unnecessary water use by others. there is a sprinkler system operating where? at a riding school? i see, and you feel something should be done about that? of course. the bottom line is that in part of england where rainfall is usually abundant there just has not been enough of it. even the reserves in the lake district are not adequate to keep the conurbations of north—west england supplied with enough water.
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united utilities' other big site in the lakes is thirlmere. a 92 mile long aqueduct from here feeds supplies direct to manchester. but, as you can see, levels are low, and there is little sign of replenishment. danny savage, bbc news. suffolk police have released the 999 call made by a former ukip councillor moments after he killed his wife. he claimed he had been defending himself after his wife attacked him with a knife. thejury himself after his wife attacked him with a knife. the jury found himself after his wife attacked him with a knife. thejury found him guilty of murder. this particular phone call was made on the 30th of december last year. stephen and his wife had been married for 45 years. they lived in stowmarket, in suffolk. their marriage had been under strain after she discovered
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her husband was having an affair with one of her son's partners. they believe that was the row that led to stephen killing his wife. as you say, he was an ex—royal marine. they believe he probably used his military training, and had a particular knowledge of a hold, and she died after pressure to her neck. this particular phone call is quite chilling. quite a chilling phone call. when this happened, he said that his wife had been having a disagreement with him and that she tried to stab him in the stomach three times with a serrated life. —— a serrated knife. he claimed he was fearing for his life. but the jury only took three and a half hours to find him guilty of murder. 0ne and a half hours to find him guilty of murder. one of her sons said not only had he lost his mum, but because of what he has done he has lost his dad as well. stephen searle will be sentenced on wednesday.
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more than 20 tourists have been injured by what's been described as a "lava bomb" which hit a tour boat off the coast of hawaii. the group had been watching molten rock from a volcano pour into the ocean when their vessel was struck. it's understood the boat operators had received special permission to get close to the volcano, as richard lister reports. it's one of the most thrilling sights in the natural world. an erupting volcano is a display of immense power and great danger. from a distance, explosions like this can be viewed relatively safely. but when nature puts on a show, there are people who want front row tickets. wow. 0n hawaii's big island, tour boats leave every day to watch the almost constant eruptions on the volcanic coastline. most are allowed no closer than a few hundred metres, but more experienced crews can get closer. 0n the tour boat hot spot, it was deceptively calm. people filmed the lava boiling the ocean, sending
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up clouds of steam. no—one was prepared for this. screaming the debris punched a hole through the boat roof, breaking a woman's leg and showering the passengers with sizzling rocks. altogether, 23 were injured. as soon as you saw it coming, there was no time to move. the worst part was that you were in a small boat, so as you were getting pelted with this lava, there was nowhere to go. there are 20 feet and everyone is trying to hide in the same spot. it was actually really terrifying. screaming another tour boat came to help. we saw lava on the vessel when we pulled up to it. there were a few big chunks that were on the roof. we could see chunks lying all over the side of the boat and on the floor of the boat.
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back at hilo harbour, the hot spot had off—loaded its passengers and some were taken to hospital. an inquiry is now under way into whether the rules on lava tours should be tightened, but the tour companies say the incident hasn't affected the demand for tickets. richard lister, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. first, some breaking news. it concerns the former foreign secretary boris johnson concerns the former foreign secretary borisjohnson who, it appears, seems to have broken the rules governing jobs for ex—ministers by not seeking approval to restart his newspaper column with the daily telegraph after quitting as foreign secretary. the advisory committee on business appointments says it had not been contacted by mr johnson after he stuffed down over the prime minister's chequers
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proposals. the code says that ex—ministers must refer any newjobs to an advisory body before accepting them. mrjohnson returned to the daily telegraph on monday, a week after quitting from the government. a spokesman for mrjohnson has declined to comment. that news coming in the last few minutes, borisjohnson has coming in the last few minutes, boris johnson has been coming in the last few minutes, borisjohnson has been accused of breaching ex—ministerjob borisjohnson has been accused of breaching ex—minister job rules borisjohnson has been accused of breaching ex—ministerjob rules over rejoining the daily telegraph as a columnist after resigning, following his feeling that the chequers brexit deal, hammered out by theresa may, is not to his liking. any more on that we will bring to you when we get it. now the forecast, and it's going to be hot? it's getting warmer, it cooled down a bit today, but it will get warmer over the next few days or so. we have seen a few showers, as you can see, earlier on today. not many of
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them. most of them across scotland. temperatures of 25 degrees in the south—east of england. the heavier showers that we have right now are mainly across the north—east of scotland, perhaps north—east england as well. they will tend to fade away later this evening, light showers further south are done and dusted already. skies were clear, the wind will be quite light, a cooler night, temperatures down to eight or 9 degrees in the countryside. tomorrow, up early, probably dry and sunny. a bit like today we will probably find the cloud building fairly quickly and spreading out a bit. still some sunshine around, a scattering showers. some more for wales and the south—west, heavier ones for southern parts of scotland. each day we are left in the temperatures a degree or so. low 20s to the central belt of scotland and around the london area, the south—east, the home counties, temperatures of 26 or 27 celsius. this is bbc news. the headlines. it's another gruelling day for theresa may and her brexit plans. conservative remain mps are
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threatening to support legislation, that could wreck her proposals. the pro—brexit campaign group vote leave, has been fined and referred to the police, for breaking electoral rules during the eu referendum two years ago. after siding with valdimir putin, against america's intelligence agencies, donald trump faces a tidal wave of criticism, including from the most senior republican in congress. the first hose pipe ban of the summer could see seven million people in the north—west rationing water, as the dry spell continues. all the sport now with sarah mulkerrins. good afternoon. england are chasing 257 for victory against india in the third and decisive one day international at headingley. captain eoin morgan won the toss and sent india into bat. the yorkshire pair of david willey and adil rashid proved vital — both claiming three wickets apiece.
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rashid — at his home ground — took the key wicket india captain virat kohli, who top scored for them with 71. they ended on 256 for 8. in reply england are 72—2 after 9 overs. and you can keep up—to—date on the bbc sport website. could liverpool be about to break the world transfer record for a goalkeeper for this man — allisson? the brazil and roma shot stopper is in demand byjurgen klopp, and liverpool have lodged an offer with the italian side — believed to be around £62 millions. current keeper loris karius was at fault for two goals in liverpool's champions league final defeat by real madrid, but it was later found that he had concussion. steven gerrard's glasgow rangers have taken a 2—0 lead into the second leg of their europa league qualifier against macedonian side shkupi.
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about 35 minutes gone and still goalless. josh windass has gone closest for rangers so far. commentary on radio scotland and the bbc sport website. england are currently in action against turkey in the european under—19 championship in finland. turkey took the lead within two minutes — but goals from tottenham's japhet tanganga and nottingham forests ben brereton have put england into the lead at half time. team sky's geraint thomas and chris froome remain in contention for the tour de france after the first stage in the mountains this afternoon. belgium's gregg van avermaet retained the leaders yellow jersey after a great ride, and extended his lead over the likes of thomas and froome by nearly two minutes. but their main rivals for the title this year finished alongside them in the peleton. thomas remains second the stage was won by frenchman julien alaphillippe. the netherlands annemiek
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van vleuten has stolen victory in la course — the one day event that runs beside the tour de france. she was a long way behind going into the last kilometre, but produced an amazing finish to pip her compatriot anna van der breggen. van vleuten who won the most prestigious women's stage race, italy's giro rosa, on sunday, retained the la course title. justin rose says he can repel the host of young americans who hold all the majors to claim the open title at carnoustie this week. his best finish in this, his home major still remains that astonishing fourth place, 20 years ago, back in 1998 when he was still an amateur. but form is on his side this year. he has had 17 top 10 finishes — including four wins — since the us pga championship last august. it has been a barren run for sure
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but i do not believe in superstition, i just feel but i do not believe in superstition, ijust feel my game is ina good superstition, ijust feel my game is in a good spot and i am creating chances to win regularly so it is up to me, not statistics or records, it is just about me and laying to win. so i'd try not to look any deeper than that. double olympic champion lizzy yarnold has undergone spinal surgery to repair some slipped discs. she claimed her second gold in pyeongchang earlier this year and said she couldn't manage the pain any longer. no timescale has been put on her recovery or any return to action. we'll have more for you in sportsday at half past six. more now on president trump and the aftermath of that helsinki summit.
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he's planning to meet members of congress this evening after recieving strong criticism from senior republicans. in helsinki he publicly contradicted the findings of his own intelligence services, which said moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election. president trump's predecessor, barak 0bama, also weighed into the controversy today when he addressed a packed stadium in south africa on the eve of the centenary of nelson mandela's birth, warning against those who seek to undermine democracy. i'm not being alarmist, i am simply stating the facts. look around. strongman politics are ascendant, suddenly. whereby elections and some pretence of democracy are maintained, the form of it, but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning. applause.
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in the west you've got far right parties that often times are based not just on platforms of protectionism and closed borders, but also on barely hidden racial nationalism. many developing countries now are looking at china's model of authoritarian control combined with capitalism as preferable to the messiness of democracy. who needs free speech, as long as the economy's going good? aaron blake, senior political reporter for the washington post is here. good to see you. interesting that
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president 0bama was speaking and throughout the eight years of his presidency accusations that he was treasonous and was trying to undermine american democracy, acting against america, these accusations we re against america, these accusations were levelled at him and is now it is being turned on donald trump.|j think the 1.i've seen someone make recently was there was a flap during the 0bama presidency over his refusal to wear an american flag pin which became common fact is for american politicians. this was something used to question his patriotism and at the time it was a big deal but now we have a us president going overseas, standing next to the russian resident and basically offering a defence of what our own intelligence community said russia did in the elections of 2016
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to undermine our democracy so certainly an interesting set of changed circumstances within american politics right now. double standards the democrats would say but you wonder just standards the democrats would say but you wonderjust how much damage has been done to the trump presidency by all of this because by all accounts he is still 90% supported by republican party members. if the party going to turn against him after this? this is the reality that we come to, this is not the first controversial thing the president has done and not the first time we have looked at his actions and said how can republicans stand by him. we have seen republicans criticise things that he has done before, another example was last yearin before, another example was last year in cha rlottesville before, another example was last year in charlottesville wear a white supremacist allegedly killed a counter protest and the president basically offered a lot of the same, both sides madrid, that we saw with
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him standing next to vladimir putin. but republican lawmakers are elected to criticise the president and because he has such a strong following amongst his base basically every republican who criticises the president will see their own support for within their party. the base is very much behind the president and really we do not see republicans do much more than issues strong criticism in cases like this. so until one of them decides that they will sacrifice their own political career and actually do something we're likely to see more words than action for the upper body mind for some republicans, they are getting exactly what they want and what we wish from this administration they are getting tax cuts, smaller government, conservatives put on the supreme court, regulations ripped apart. this is the kind of thing republicans, that fits into their
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agenda and as such it will take a lot of even in the minds of some people, treasonous action for things to change. you mentioned the supreme court vacancy and this is a historic moment for conservatives in this country because they have chanced to tip the supreme court in their favour with this nomination. this is a moment that made president trump stronger than before because he has the point —— the authority to appoint that role. so the fact that these storylines are playing out next to each other with the president going overseas and saying these things and this court appointment, i think that will lead toa appointment, i think that will lead to a significant scaling back of whatever consequences they might have been for president trump in all of this. and for his base, ordinary
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rank—and—file people across america who supported him in their millions in 2016, how are they seeing what happened yesterday in helsinki, does it matter to them or is the fundamental issue the economy, doing well for them, enough to keep president trump on track? well we have seen going back to the 2016 campaign and evolution in the republican party where there was extreme skip this is an before about russia before president trump ran. during the campaign he praised president putin and said things about wanting to craft a relationship with russia and his numbers rose among the republican base. as the presidency has progressed with seen attacks on the investigation by robert mueller and this has caused basically almost the entire republican party to view the
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investigation in very much the terms that the president laid out during the press conference in helsinki and soi the press conference in helsinki and so i believe what you will see is a lot of republicans seeing what the president said even on foreign stage even questioning his own intelligence agencies and they will believe it was justified and was a reaction to an over zealous investigation and even an effort to ta ke investigation and even an effort to take him down as president. many thanks forjoining us. the government has been warned it must raise taxes or cut spending to pay for the planned increase in nhs funding in england — or risk putting the country's finances under pressure. the uk's economic watchdog — the office for budget responsibility — also says the long—term outlook for public finances is now "less favourable". their chairman, robert chote, explained what the possible impact might be if the government didn't make a change. if the government did not announce any tax increases or cuts in
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spending to help pay for this health announcement you would see pressure on public finances mounting over the yea rs on public finances mounting over the years to come. starting off with a more expensive health service to pay for and then in future years the cost would rise as the population gets older and cost pressures from things like new technology also mount. you can only go on so far with public expenditure, a budget deficit, rising before something has to be done. the european union and japan have signed a free trade deal that will almost completely remove tariffs on goods between the two sides. donald tusk, the european council president, said the world's biggest—ever trade agreement sent a clear message against protectionism. the new accord comes as the us has put tariffs on some imported goods sparking fears of a trade war. uk wages rose more slowly in the three months to may, despite a furtherfall in unemployment, official figures show. wage growth slipped to 2.7% from 2.8% in the three months
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to may, while unemployment fell by 12,000 to 1.41 million, according to the office for national statistics. the unemployment rate remained at itsjoint lowest since 1975 at 4.2%. a transgender woman who worked as a van driver in the ‘gig' economy is bringing a discrimation claim against the delivery company she worked for. while there've been previous cases against companies such as uber about rights to holidays and pensions, this case is thought to be the first case testing discrimination in the gig economy. here's our legal correspondent clive coleman. until recently, this was hayley, formerly stanley's, daily routine before starting her day's work as a delivery driver. it's something she's been doing for 12 years. hayley worked at gnewt cargo, where her duties were to load parcels onto her van and deliver them across central london. but she claims she encountered problems based on her
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gender reassignment. they would constantly leave things in my bay where i would load up in the morning. one time, there were about 70 boxes i had to physically move by hand out of my bay before i could start work. sometimes, when workers would come in, they would point and laugh and snicker. the front wheel of my bike was loosened and i came off it going home. and you complain about it and they would just ignore it. hayley was dismissed in january, when gnewt cargo alleged she had deliberately damaged a shutter, which she denies. she hasn't worked since. she is now bringing a discrimination claim for bullying and harassment. to do that, she has to establish that she was a worker or an employee and not an independent contractor running her own courier business. the gig economy debate has focused on people's right to holiday pay, pension and the minimum wage, but the other thing denied to those who are bogusly classified
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as independent contractors is protection from discrimination. without that, employers can treat women, ethnic and other minority groups less fairly. hayley‘s case is being supported by the independent workers union of great britain. the government refuses to enforce the law. what we have seen across the board with courier companies and private hire companies and others is that they unlawfully deprive their workforces of basic rights, and they are able to do that because the law is not enforced. in a statement, gnewt cargo said: "we ended the relationship with ms stanley hayley after an incident captured on cctv in which she purposefully damaged the main roller shutter door of our premises. the decision to terminate her contract was purely due to this incident, and any other self—employed contractor would have been treated in the same way". this case puts dignity at work under the spotlight.
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it's an important issue for workers and firms in both the established and new gig economy. clive coleman, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news. it's another gruelling day for theresa may and her brexit plans — remain supporters are threatening to support legislation, that could wreck her proposals. the pro—brexit campaign group vote leave, has been fined and referred to the police, for breaking electoral rules during the referendum two years ago. after siding with valdimir putin over america's intelligence agencies, donald trump faces a tidal wave of criticism, including from the most senior republican in congress. let's get more now on the hosepipe ban which is going to affect millions
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of people in the north west from next month. united utilities said the temporary ban would "safeguard essential supplies. well, a ban has been in place in northern ireland since the end ofjune — let's speak to chris page who is belfast. have people been finding this difficult? people have seen it as being a downside to the sunny weather. at this part in the north of belfast people are making the most of this warm weather. but you have heard some complaints about the hosepipe ban, some questioning if it is really necessary and some finding that annoying that they cannot for example fill up a paddling pool for their children or water the garden. but others saying let's just go along with this and just make the most of the really sunny weather, pretty unusual of course for this pa rt pretty unusual of course for this part of the world. it is the first time hosepipe ban has been in place
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here for 23 years, the last time was 1995. well northern ireland water say 140 people have been reported to them for breaking the hosepipe ban and they've sent along officials to speak to those people person—to—person and they have seen the need to take no further action. so no heavy penalties or fines have been imposed. so the fact that more than 100 people have breached the hosepipe ban and probably more besides, it does suggest that some people are just ignoring it. but on the whole you get the impression that people have gone along with it. but no one is quite sure how long it is going to last. the dry weather is forecast to continue and so this seems to be no end to it in sight yet. meanwhile, across the uk a number of hidden landforms have
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been uncovered in yellowing fields exposing previously undiscovered or long—hidden outlines of everything from ancient fortifications to remnants of the second world war. we can discuss this now with win scutt, archaeologist and curator at heritage england. good to see you. this is fascinating. how the hot weather is revealing some of our hidden secrets. it is fantastic, this is the best we've had since 1976. every summer we get lots of sites being shown up in dry weather but this year it is fantastic a real bonanza for archaeologists right across the uk and ireland and probably across north—west europe. uk and ireland and probably across north-west europe. so to be clear if you get rain and sunshine you get a lot of lush green grass. if you have got only sunshine and no rain then the green grass is not there and you're going to get revelations? the
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patterns emerge because where you have buried past or walls or any stonework on the grass grows daily and where it is growing on top of ancient ditches there had been fielding or post holes that is where the grass grows lush so it is a bit like watching a developing photographs over the weeks of the hot weather we see these things are managing but sometimes crop marks canjust emerge managing but sometimes crop marks can just emerge over a few hours and then disappear. and of course when then disappear. and of course when the rain comes a probably will all vanish. let's take a look at some of the pictures, the roman villa in the vale of glamorgan, just take us through this amazing shot. well the round thing is not a roman villa it is probably bronze age or iron age, and enclosure, we have known about that for a while but what is new is there are some faint lines of what appeared to be a roman villa in the
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upper left of this picture. so this is new full stop and in wales, —— roman villas are really unusual. let's go to the south of ireland, what are we seeing? this is a henge. we already have six of these, the famous passage graves that we did not know about this fantastic enclosure which is two lines of interrupted ditches with two lines of post holes all concentric and this is the same sort of state as stonehenge. about 4500 years old. i henge monument probably for some kind of ritual or meeting place for assembly for the this was spotted by assembly for the this was spotted by a drone pilot and we had never known about it for. and what about this roman fort in ceredigion? this was
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partly known about before but now you can see it in great clarity, the line by thin but you can see very thin lines of a playing card shape ditch formation. the corners are rounded just like a playing card and these are the distinctive features ofa these are the distinctive features of a roman fort. roman forts are cropping up all over the place, some of them we have never known about before. now this is in nottinghamshire, what is this? this is the remains of a mansion which had fires and all sorts of things and was demolished finally in 1938 but here you can see the perfect plan of the ancient mansion or the 18th century mansion should i say. i believe the national trust are going to excavate here this summer to see
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if there are any sellers remaining so they have the perfect guideline. good to see you and think —— and thank you for that. well we have another potential minefield for theresa may. well our political correspondent leila nathoo is in the central lobby at westminster. and we have a vote this evening on the possibility of the uk having to be part of the customs union. mps have got into discussions in the last half—hour about these amendments and the one that would say the government has to enter into a customs union with the eu should know frictionless trade deal he agreed for the exit date of march 2019, that is the amendment that tory women are seen to be focused on
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and it has the backing of a number of remainers as well. this is the crucial one the government was trying to stave off defeat on and there had been negotiations between there had been negotiations between the minister and the backbencher who put forward the amendment live in process on the common wrenches.“ my front bench in all good faith, why not do it this way around. why not accept this new clause 18 now andl not accept this new clause 18 now and i will work with you to make sure we can find something in the lord that you find acceptable.“ sure we can find something in the lord that you find acceptable. it is the policy of government that we should not remain part of a customs union, that is why we cannot accept the amendment today. clearly we would not be able to implement any independent free trade deals and we would still be a member of the commercial policy and that is why we
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are absolutely clear, we wish to work with the honourable gentleman to reach an agreement that is satisfactory to him and we will do that in the lords over the next couple of weeks and come to a conclusion on this matter. so the government there are offering to amend the legislation in the lords in the spirit of this amendment, to say that we can work with you but cannot abide by the words customs union for the stephen hammond bear the proposer of the amendment rejecting the potential compromise agreement with a lords amendment so it seems the battle is still on and all to play for in these last few minutes of the debate. we will see how many tory rebels there are. getting interesting, thank you. now look at the weather forecast. it has turned cooler and fresher for eve ryo ne it has turned cooler and fresher for everyone today. 25 degrees in the
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south—east compared to the 31 we had yesterday. still some sunshine around in the next few days. then turning warmer once again. most of the showers today have been in the north—east of scotland. heading towards the south—east corner of the uk the cloud has moved away from the coast and we finish with some beautiful blue skies. elsewhere the cloud inland is continuing to break up cloud inland is continuing to break up and not many showers at all for england and wales. most of those are further north. the odd shower still possible towards the south west of england and south wales but otherwise a dry evening across england and wales. the cloud continuing to break up. more cloud and showers for northern ireland and big heavy showers across parts of scotland. the heavy showers in the north—east will decay over the next few hours. we may see some more
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showers coming back towards the far south west but on the whole it is dry with clear skies and a light westerly breeze and quite a cool night. tomorrow starting dry and sunny for the most part. cloud increasing again and a scattering of showers. some showers for northern ireland and some heavy showers across part of scotland. so temperature is a little bit higher than today. 26, 27 in the south—east and low 20s across the central belt of scotland. on thursday some cloud bubbling up, but few showers and the heat continues to build across england and wales. towards the north—west of scotland some rain which will move south overnight. 0n friday we could see some rain for
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north wales and northern ireland. but the weather front is weakening all while. temperature is not quite as high as on thursday and friday, probably into the mid—20s and just about everywhere will have a dry weekend. another challenge to theresa may's brexit plans — this time from pro—eu mps. mps are preparing to vote in the commons now, these are the live shots.
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will the prime minister manage to head off this latest threat to her brexit strategy? 0nly yesterday theresa may had to cave in to pro leave mps on the other side of the brexit divide. also tonight. the official brexit campaign group vote leave is fined and referred to the police for breaking electoral law. where's the water gone? a reservoir in the lake district shows why there'll be a hosepipe ban in the north west of england. i think we all have to do our bit. look at the reservoir, however it is. it is obvious we haven't got enough water. heading off this summer? how british holidaymakers pay a billion pounds a year in credit and debit card charges when using plastic abroad.
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