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you're watching bbc news at 9:00 with me annita mcveigh — the headlines: the government will this morning publish the full legal advice it was given on theresa may's brexit plan after it was found to be in contempt of parliament during a bruising session in the commons yesterday. british academic matthew hedges, who was accused of spying and held in solitary confinement in the united arab emirates for nearly six months, gives his first broadcast interview since being freed. one of the days when i had tried to tell the truth to the interrogators, their reaction was to make me stand for the day wearing ankle cuffs. all day? yes. the home office is accused of failing to heed repeated warnings about the negative affects its immigration policies would have on the windrush generation. the civil aviation authority launches enforcement action against ryanair after it cancelled hundreds of flights over the summer , but refused to compensate passengers. local authorities are due to find
out tomorrow how much funding they'll receive from central government in the next financial year. and manchester city win a hard—fought victory at watford to cement a five point lead at the top of the table. good morning and welcome to the bbc news at 9:00. the government will this morning publish the full legal advice it was given on theresa may's brexit plan after the bruising it suffered at the hands of mps in the commons yesterday. and later the prime minister will continue trying to bolster support for her deal during further parliamenary debate ahead of next tuesday's crucial vote.
but yesterday's defeats suggests theresa may faces an uphill struggle. let's examine some of the key points... it took just over an hour for the government to suffer three significant defeats — the first time that has happened since the 1970s. one of those votes found the government in contempt of parliament which is why the full legal afvice will now be published. the leader of the house of commons andrea leadsom says this will happen at 11.30 this morning. another defeat was on an amendment brought by conservative backbencher dominic grieve. he was supported by a further 25 tory rebels. that amendment means that if the prime minister's deal is rejected, mps will have another vote on what course of action the government should take next. the debate resumes at about 1:00pm after prime ministers questions, and will focus on immigration and security issues. so just how damaging were those three losses to theresa may, and with four days of debating to go will the government be
able to recover in time for tuesday's all—importa nt vote? our political correspondent iain watson considers the importance of yesterday's defeats. fighting for her deal, fighting for herjob. on the second day of the brexit debate, there is a focus on security. but some mps wonder how secure theresa may is in number ten. she will be hoping today is better than yesterday when her government was defeated three times. as a result, ministers will have to announce today when they will publish legal advice on brexit that they wanted to keep confidential. and if theresa may's deal is defeated next week, mps will now get a greater say over what happens next. based on day one of the debate, theresa may will have an uphill battle to get her way. i have spent nearly two years negotiating this deal. if i had banged at the table and walked out of the room and at the end of the process delivered the very same deal that is before us today, some might say that i had done
a betterjob. but i didn't play to the gallery. i focused on getting a deal that honours the referendum, sets us on course for a bright future and i did so through painstaking hard work. she was attacked by the official opposition... labour will vote against this deal. a bad deal for britain. a bad deal for our economy and, i believe, a bad deal for our democracy. our country deserves better than this. and the unofficial opposition. i really cannot believe that there is a single member of this house who sincerely believes that this deal we have before us is a good deal. actually, there are a lot. the debate was closed by the brexit secretary in the early hours of the morning. and the speaker made it clear there would not be much respite for mps. the debate to be resumed on what day? tomorrow. thank you. indeed, today. today! it is indeed today! just four days of debate to go
and theresa may's deal will be put to the test. iain watson, bbc news, westminster. our assistant political editor norman smith is in westminster. it is interesting, this time yesterday we were speculating that evenif yesterday we were speculating that even if the government was found in co nte m pt of even if the government was found in contempt of parliament, which it was, there was no guarantee the legal advice would be published. but here we are, a couple of hours away from that happening. what can we expect to see in that legal advice? it isa expect to see in that legal advice? it is a paradise i suspect, when it is published it will make not one bit of difference to the debate over brexit. because mps have pretty much made up their minds on the legal constraints surrounding the northern ireland backstop. they listened to the attorney general in the commons answering questions for more than two hours on monday. they have seen
the 43 page summary of the legal advice and they have formed their views. unless there is some stunning, new revelation in the text of the formal, legal position, i think it won't have any impact at all on the way mps will vote. the real impact was the symbolism of the government being found in contempt of parliament. i have spoken to the parliamentary buffs here at westminster and no one could find any precedent for that ever. no government, it seems, has been found in contempt before. so it is the symbolic impact of that. also the numbers, bearing in mind mrs may was defeated on the contempt motion, despite the fact that tory brexiteer is supported her on that means mrs may was still losing votes when she
had the support of tory brexiteers, who almost certainly will not back her when it comes to the meaningful vote. it just feels her when it comes to the meaningful vote. itjust feels the sense that mrs may is heading to almost inevitable defeat. albeit, her ministers are still trying to garner support for mps to back her deal as the best compromise. michael gove, leaving for work this morning. we're going to make a powerful argument that this deal is in the best interests of the country. everyone has to think at this momentous moment. do we want to ensure that brexit get over the line? do we want to deliver on the verdict of the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the european union? because if we don't back the prime minister, we risk there being no brexit and that i think would be a fatal blow to faith in democracy. so what's your message to the brexiteers because the amendment looks like your no deal is less likely, a softer brexit? i think the most important thing to do is to vote for the prime minister's deal. that's the way to secure brexit and secure the future of the country.
what is interesting, many mps have 110w what is interesting, many mps have now moved on mentally to plan b, what happens from the wreckage of mrs may's deal, if, as expected it goes down. and yesterday, we saw the emergence of this block of sort of centrist tory grey suits pushing for a plan b by passing an amendment which means if mrs may's deal gets voted down, parliament can step in and say what should happen next. these are figures who are very influential in the tory party. people like damian green, mrs may's former deputy. michael fallon, former deputy. michael fallon, former defence secretary. nick boles, who has been pushing the norway option. oliver lectin, key fixture in the party. everyone is talking about plan b, whether it is
second referendum, norway or as dominic rav was suggesting, going back to brussels and asking to renegotiate the backstop. i think if this deal is voted down we make the changes that will be necessary to render this deal palatable. in terms of the long—term interests of our country, our children, the next generation and we also make clear we are ramping up the preparations for no deal. we don't want that outcome but we're not going to be bullied into submission. and i think that's the way we are most likely to get a sensible, pragmatic response from the eu. but we need to be willing, as in any negotiation, to walk away if they are not going to continue to try and sense weakness in the uk and bully and blackmail us into submission, to what are frankly, appalling terms in the last analysis of this deal. the labour front bench seem to have their own plan b and that is to go back and negotiate a better deal. he is shami chakrabarti. in the past, if the eu has had to renegotiate, it had to re—negotiate
the lisbon treaty for example, when a number of parliaments in particular countries didn't like the original version. so whatever people say, there is plenty of form and plenty of precedent for renegotiating when a deal can't pass through a particular parliament. so where are we today? a couple of things to watch. one is how mrs may recovers from the catastrophe of yesterday. that will get a sense of her demeanour, how she will appeal to mps are prime minister's questions. and secondly, maybe even more importantly, how much support there is behind these tory mps trying to pull together a plan b and how far they might be able to work with sort of centrist labour mps to charter a different course for brexit. as he said, normal, much to
watch. thank you norman smith at westminster. the british academic, who was held for nearly seven months in the united arab emirates on spying charges, has said he felt as if he was being mentally tortured. matthew hedges was jailed for life but returned to the uk last month after being pardoned. in his first broadcast interview to the bbc, he said he was pressurised into confessing after aggressive questioning gave him panic attacks. and he described some of the treatment he endured: it was lonely and isolating. completely, as the name suggests. there was no natural light. as i said yesterday to a publication, there was no light, i wasn't allowed to do anything to try and distract myself. you couldn't listen to a radio or anything of that sort? not until i started the court case and
my mental health had deteriorated quite substantially. then i was allowed some form of destruction. where you shackled? yes, when i went to the bathroom or on occasion to use the shower, i would be escorted by guards and i would wear ankle cuffs. whenever i was transported between different premises, i was blindfolded and handcuffed. and you had to stand up for quite a long time? yes, one of the days when i had tried to, again, tell the truth to the interrogators, their reaction was to make me stand for the day wearing ankle cuffs. how did you manage that? it must have been exhausting? it was, it was mentally exhausting. physically, the adrenaline takes over. i was pretty sore, but it is how it made you feel
mentally. did you feel you were being tortured? psychologically correct. it felt like it. the home office has been accused of failing to act on repeated warnings about the negative affect its measures to curb illegal immigration would have on members of the windrush generation. a report from the national audit office says the department operated a "target—driven" policy, and it's yet to establish the full scale of the scandal. here's our community affairs correspondent, adina campbell. the empire windrush brings to britain 500 jamaicans. they were invited over to help rebuild post—war britain. but many of the children from the windrush generation were never given official documents to prove their right to legally remain in the uk. now a new report from the national audit office says attempts by the home office to target illegal emigration, previously known as hostile environment, had severe consequences
on the windrush community. despite a number of warnings. since the scandal came to light, over 6,500 calls have been made to a special task force set up by the home office to help people sort out their legal status. about one third of those cases have now been resolved. but 164 people have been removed or detained even though they may have been a long—term uk resident. the home office says it is determined to right the wrongs of the past and has set up a review to learn lessons from what has happened. but campaigners say government action is taking too long and too many lives have been turned upside down. people's lives have been ruined because of the way they have been treated by this government. they have been treated beneath contempt, that is the way to explain it.
the national audit office is now recommending that the home office puts better measures in place to help stop similar problems in the future. edina campbell, bbc news. patrick vernon is a windrush campaigner who, earlier this year, submitted a petition to the government calling for amnesty from deportation for people who migrated to britain as children between 1948 and 1971. he is here with me now. this report confirms some things we already knew, but it says the home office has still not established the scale of this scandal. does this fit with what you have been finding out? absolutely. when the scandal broke in april and when theresa may apologise and amber rudd apologised and resigned. they launched the fast—track scheme and 5000 cases have been fast tracked and they are
sorting out citizenship. what is clear from this report, sorting out citizenship. what is clearfrom this report, things have slow down. there is not that degree of energy or inertia to solve this issue. my petition from april is to recognise that people from the windrush generation and their children and other parts of the commonwealth that came to britain in 1948 and the 70s are british citizens and they should have automatic status. we have a massive backlog of cases. the audit report identifies there could be as much as another 200,000 people who have not come forward yet. which means a lot of people don't trust the home office. a lot of the reasons is because of what they have seen and been treated in this hostile environment. they remind us of the injustice people have suffered as a result of this policy? people who have shared their experiences in the media have talked about not
accessing their state pensions, not accessing their state pensions, not accessing universal credit, people have lost their jobs accessing universal credit, people have lost theirjobs and houses. people have had massive financial debt as a result of not being able to work. people have been living on food banks. ultimately, in the uk there have been two deaths of dexter bristol and sarah connell who both died of stroke and hypertension because of the stress and emotional impact of trying to fight for their status. the national audit office looks at value for money. what is quite clear is the hostile environment is not value for money because it has terrorised and discriminated against caribbean, african people and other nationals. this report says the government is showing, is showing a lack of curiosity about individuals who were not of caribbean heritage but
affected by these immigration policies? yes, a lot of people have talked about the caribbean and a lot of people from the caribbean have been affected, but people from africa have been affected as well. caroline lucas mp did a written question to caroline nokes, the minister from question to caroline nokes, the ministerfrom the home question to caroline nokes, the minister from the home office and she admitted 49 people from africa who were deported, who were british citizens and the home office have not made any attempt to engage bring them back or say, do you want to come back to the uk and sort out your status? you have talked about the initial urgency slowing down and the initial urgency slowing down and the feeling of inertia, what do you say to the home office and do you think people of this heritage still feel there is a hostile environment? it is still hostile because there are still immigration vans going round great britain. there needs to be automatic status and reduce the
burden of people trying to prove they are british. there needs to be a public enquiry. what is clear from the national audit office, there is a trailand the national audit office, there is a trail and evidence missing about the government. and more importantly, compensation. people have lost out emotionally and financially as a result of the hostile environment. they need to be recompensed properly. we need a public enquiry, so we learned the true lessons as a result of this policy from the government. theresa may as prime minister, should apologise for this policy. this policy has caused a lot of hurt and harm and she has to admit this is wrong and it has an impact on british citizens. patrick, thank you for coming to talk to others. the headlines on bbc news... after being defeated in the house of commons yesterday, the government will this morning publish the full legal advice it was given on theresa may's brexit plan after it was found to be in contempt of parliament.
in his first broadcast interview since being freed, british academic matthew hedges, accsused of spying and jailed in the united arab emirates, says he felt as if he were being "mentally tortured". the home office is accused of failing to heed repeated warnings about the negative affects its immigration policies would have on the windrush generation. and in the sport, manchester city march on in the premier league. their 2—1 win over watford was their 13th in 15 matches this season. jose mourinho had another row ahead of manchester united match against arsenal tonight. he has criticised tv pundits who say he has lost the dressing room. peter kenyon is heading a consortium who is in talks to buy newcastle united. mike ashley is willing to sell. we don't know if
there has been confirmed bid. but i can tell you, we will explain it all in the next half an hour. we will explain the whole story and how they got this point. sally, we await that explanation. the office investigating alleged russian collusion in the 2016 us election has said it will not be pursuing a jail sentence for former national security adviser michael flynn. mr flynn has admitted lying to the fbi, but in a memo, special counsel robert mueller said he had provided "substantial assistance" to prosecutors. president donald trump has called the investigation a witch hunt and denies any wrong—doing. ryanair is facing legal action by the airline regulator over its refusal to compensate thousands of uk—based customers. flights were cancelled or delayed over the summer because of strikes by ryanair pilots and cabin crew.
the civil aviation authority says they are entitled to compensation under eu law. doctors in brazil have revealed that for the first time, a healthy baby has been born to a woman using a womb transplanted from a dead donor. the 10—hour operation and the following fertility treatment took place in 2016. there have been nearly 40 womb transplants using a live donor, resulting in 11 babies, but the ten previous transplants from a deceased donor had failed. let's talk to dr valentine akande, a consultant gynaecologist who leads the bristol centre for reproductive medicine. good morning and thank you for joining us. why do you think in this instance, the transplant resulted in the birth of a healthy baby girl? first of all, good morning and it is a very exciting development. i
haven't got the full details of what happened. but certainly, what is clear is it is the first successful transplant from a non—living donor. potential possibilities for why it has been successful include how the uterus was transplanted. it might have been more fresh than in other circumstances but that is difficult to say. in terms of how this is beneficial is in patients where a living donor is used, there are substantial risks to the donor, including the risks of surgery. so certainly, having a non—living donor and the proof of birth is a major,
positive step. the recipient of this uterus had a syndrome which meant her own uterus had failed to form properly. are there many women out there, do we have any idea of the numbers of women who might benefit from a transplant like this? indeed, the woman who received the uterus in this case had something where a woman is born without a uterus but she has ovaries. so she is able to produce eggs and therefore have potentially create an offspring but doesn't have anywhere to grow the baby. therefore, surgery such as this, or a transplant such as this... there is certainly less than 1000, so it is quite rare. but there are other patients who would benefit from such surgery, including patients who have had cancer,
patients who have had cancer, patients who have had cancer, patients who have had infertility. i believe it's not possible for them to grow a baby in their uterus and this includes women who have severe fibroids, a woman with a hysterectomy for whatever reason. also where the lining of the womb whether they would grow is scarred so whether they would grow is scarred so therefore couldn't grow there. also severe endometriosis. in these cases where the uterus is severely affected, or is absent, offers this exciting opportunity for them now to be able to carry a baby. of course, there still needs to be more research. it's not without risks. it's not guaranteed that having a womb transplant would be successful.
there have been a number of attempts using non—living donors that have not been successful. surgery is challenging and takes a long time. there is also the risk of rejection of the donor organ by the recipient. so you need to take drugs for a great length of time. in that way, like any other organ transplant, people might be familiar with, there isa people might be familiar with, there is a risk of rejection? that is correct. also, not just is a risk of rejection? that is correct. also, notjust the technically challenging surgery, at the risk that sometimes, the risk of infection, the risk of clotting problems when the surgery has happened. it is challenging and not as established as heart and kidney transplants. 0k, we appreciate your time this morning, thank you very much. you are welcome, thank you.
china says it will push forward with trade negotiations with the united states and that changes agreed with president trump would be implemented as soon as possible. but china has not confirmed washington's claims that it would cut tariffs on american cars immediately. it comes after a series of tweets by president trump saying he will impose tariffs if a trade deal can't be reached. today we're looking at council funding and how it impacts services across england. tomorrow, local authorities are expected to find out how much money they'll receive for the next financial year. in north yorkshire, funding for buses has been stripped back so much, that people living there face being cut off. one council says it now relies on a volunteer—led solution to allow people to remain mobile. tom burridge has been to find out more. this, a community car, driven by volunteers like roger. how is your husband getting on? not good.
this is how one cash—strapped council is moving people like chris, who has a learning disability, and veronica, around. well, it is vital. i don't know where i would be without it. it is an elderly community. we wouldn't be able to get out. today, a stark warning about public transport in rural areas. there has been a spiral of decline, says the campaign for better transport, with no national strategy. rural bus usage has plummeted in recent years. in north yorkshire by a whopping 70%. if you people travel on them than why should tax payer's money keep buses going? for some of the most lonely people, they are vital. the question becomes, what is their social value and what is the social cost if you take them away? money is not pouring into the council, so subsidised services face the chop.
but one local business is keeping the number 24 running on sunday. we want to ensure that the community continued having this service, and we thought it would be a dying shame to let it go. and we funded it for two years. let's see how we get on. a number of years ago a route like this in this condition would be almost fully supported by the local authority. 40% of milage funded by local authorities has gone over the last six years. there was a time when north yorkshire county council would subsidise two or three passengers in a bus, and actually it could cost as much as £40 or £50 per passengerjourney. that wasn't sustainable and it wasn't a good use public money. a better use, says the council, is leasing one of these, where volunteers drive people like sarah, aged 92, for a small fare on the most important of trips. i think it is marvellous, this community car. her husband is now in care. i miss my husband.
i have been married for 72 years, and i thought we would enjoy this time of our life, but it has been taken from us. so a journey to see a husband is possible. hello. even when public money for transport is short, people in picturesque isolated places still need to get around. we approached the department for transport about this, they said they're giving councils extra powers to work with bus companies as well as investing £250 million every year to support bus services. you can find more reports into the spending issues facing local government on the bbc‘s reality check website. the winner of this year's turner prize has been announced. video artist charlotte prodger won
the contemporary art award with a film about coming out as gay in rural scotland, which was shot entirely on her mobile phone. she's won £25,000 and said she was "quite overwhelmed" and "very touched" to win. in a moment the weather but first let's here's victoria derbyshire with what she's got coming up in her programme at ten: this morning, meet the fire hackers, imagine inserting magnets into your fingers, headphones in your ears and trying to change your dna, we have been to meet the bio—hackers around the world who have done just that to try to improve their lives. —— bio—hackers. try to improve their lives. —— bio-hackers. i'm going to have another on my middle finger. when i go to another on my middle finger. when i gotoa another on my middle finger. when i go to a restaurant, i will be messing with it at the table, it captures peoples eyes, and they think, how is he doing that! we will
bring you that, plus the latest news and interviews from 10am. now it's time for a look at the weather with simon king. it is not very nice out there! coldest night of the autumn and winter so far, temperatures down to -9 winter so far, temperatures down to —9 in scotland. heaviest rain moving east, gradually, through the course of the day. chilly here, temperatures five or6 day. chilly here, temperatures five or 6 degrees in scotland, for england and wales, ten to 14 celsius, tonight, the rain will clear away towards the east, a few breaks in the cloud, generally speaking, cloudy night, further showers moving in, temperatures
staying up at about 49 degrees, northern parts, quite a mildness. shari outbreaks of rain for much of the day, cloud around, but a mild day. goodbye. the government will this morning publish the full legal advice it was given on theresa may's brexit plan after it was found to be in contempt of parliament during a brusing commons session. matthew hedges, who was accused of spying and held in solitary confinement in the united arab emirates for nearly six months, has given his first broadcast interview since being freed. the british acaedmic said he felt as if he was being mentally tortured. one of the days when i tried to, again, tell the truth, to the
interrogators... their reaction was to make me stand for the day wearing ankle cuffs. all day? yes. the home office has been accused by a government watchdog of failing to heed repeated warnings about the negative affects its immigration policies would have on the windrush generation. ryanair is facing legal action by the civil aviation authority after the budget airline cancelled hundreds of flights over the summer but refused to compensate passengers. time now for the morning briefing, where we bring you up to speed on the stories people are watching, reading and sharing. as we've been hearing, it was a difficult day for theresa may on brexit yesterday, after the government suffered three commons defeats. generating lots of energetic tweets, hannah is deputy director of the think tank the institute for
government, she has been discussing with bbc breakfast just government, she has been discussing with bbc breakfastjust how bad a day it was for theresa may and what happens next. certainly wasn't in the game plan, the government has been working very hard throughout this parliament to avoid being defeated because it thinks that will weaken its position in relation to getting the "brexit" deal through, only two defeats before yesterday but yesterday, three defeats in the space of over an hour. which was the most significant defeat? theresa may being. reveal the secret, the legal document, the full legal document, the government was held in contempt for the first time in history... and then, mps given the right to amend 01’ then, mps given the right to amend or offer amendment to the "brexit" deal. so, the ministers being found in contempt of parliament was unprecedented! in terms of what is most significant, that was the dominic grieve amendment, the backbench amendment, which means
that if theresa may '5 deal does not go through and the government wants to bring back another motion, to ask the house again, we have this new plan, because you did not like the old plan... mps will be able to table amendments, they will be able to propose alternatives, that was not previously the case. how many amendments can actually be made? technically, everyone could offer an amendment and then ask for it to be voted on. next week, there can be up to six amendments voted on, that was decided on last night. subsequently, if there were debates on other deals, other ideas the government wanted to bring forward, the house would have to decide at that point how many amendments would be allowed. how long would an amendment to take, what does that do to the brexit timeline? it is notjust the
amendment, if the government is defeated, it will have a decision to make about what it does next, and it will have to think that if it wants to get its deal through the house, it will have to change something or it will have to change something or it will have to change something or it will just wait and hope that as the deadline draws closer, mps will feel more pressure and decide, they will pass the deal, having not passeditin will pass the deal, having not passed it in the past. any move to have an election, another referendum, a significant renegotiation, that will take more time than we have got, you would have to have an extension to the process to achieve that. lets take a look at some of the tweets we have been mentioning related to the story: sorry that disappeared from your screen. that is going to be an air worm
today now! —— earworm. finally, #contemptofparliament has been trending following the dramatic events in westminster yesterday. there have been in excess of 50,000 uses of the hashtag on twitter in the last 24 hours. and as we can see, pictures of the pained expressions of attorney general geoffrey cox feature prominently in some of those tweets. more now on matthew hedges, the british academic who was jailed for spying in the united arab emirates. he won his release last week only after impassioned intervention by his wife daniela. both have been speaking tojohn humphreys on bbc radio 4's today programme, with matthew describing the heart—stopping
moment he was handed down that life sentence. i wasn't able to process that right in the court, it was too much. it was an explosion. i could not say goodbye to dani or to anybody else, i was rushed out of the court, put in the car, taken back to the same interrogation room i was held in for six months. i expected to be taken to jail, a formaljail but instead i was taken back to this interrogation i’ootti. was taken back to this interrogation room. and then i was subsequently interrogated again the following day. nothing was making sense, i could not process it. on that weekend, the second or third time i had had suicidal thoughts. i was expecting to go to jail and i was
looking to try to find a way through this but instead i was back in the same scenario. when you say you had suicidal thoughts, what exactly did you mean? last time, that last time, i was having quite bad panic attacks, and i felt like i was choking and could not breathe, and that night, i dream that i was hanging myself in the cell. that was not good. very hard to deal with during that time period. throughout the whole interrogation process, because you are by yourself, because there is no outlet to speak to, the only opportunities i have got, you have to cherish them, they were bittersweet. they were bittersweet and you had to cherish them. well mathew hedges has also been recounting his ordeal in newspaper interviews today:
matthew told the times about how he would sit in the darkness for 23 hours a day, during his solitary confinement injail in abu dhabi, and was forced to go "cold turkey" from his medication, which he says was given to him at dangerous levels. some of the story is interesting you the most on the bbc news website. the first one, this has been all over social media in the last few days, bollywood star priyanka chopra unveils 75—ft long wedding veil. more than 2 million mother—of—pearl sequence more than 2 million mother—of—pearl sequence in this wedding gown, what has really been setting social media alight is this veil. if you look down through the story, you can
get... it needed a veritable team of people to carry it along behind her, 75 feet, that must break records, also doing well, this story, dry summer also doing well, this story, dry summer leads to subsidence search, claims at highest level for 12 years as cracks appeared in british homes because of the dry heat. and quickly looking at this story, among the most watched and read, this is ten—year—old shakira king, national cross—country champion, junior cross—country champion, junior cross—country champion, junior cross—country champion, and described as an olympic hopeful. she started running when she was six. it is her dream to represent team gb.
the record she broke at the weekend, she won her 12th consecutive race at her age level, which apparently has not been done before, so that is a name to look out for, shakira king. promising some explanations. i'm going to get right on when it —— with ed, former chelsea and manchester united director peter kenyon is heading a consortium that is in talks to buy newcastle united. we know that the owner mike ashley is ready and willing to sell, we don't know if a firm bid has been put in yet. are you all still paying attention? why is this so important? it is worth a reminder of how rocky it has been for the club in the decade since mike ashley took over. there is tension in the air. no one
is happy. it is a boiling pot. rafa could walk out at any moment, and no one would blame him. when that happens, it will all kick off. there has been disappointment for a long time. it is coming to a head now, they have a manager who represents hope and an ownership thatis represents hope and an ownership that is not prepared to deliver on that. you have to be sure you are given everything. before rafa benitez came, the entire club was fractured, when he came, you have back a sense of unity. everyone in the city is helping. i am convinced i will do well. this is a chance to solidify the top ten. mike ashley has made a statement, rafa, —— rafa
benitez, as always, has my complete support. that is a copy and paste from last year! ridiculous. support. that is a copy and paste from last year! ridiculouslj support. that is a copy and paste from last year! ridiculous. i don't know how this makes sense. one of the biggest stadiums in the country, and to not be able to compete with wolves and brighton and huddersfield, it is a joke. the fans are trying to get behind the club at the club is not getting behind the fans. i hope that helps, you can watch a full version on the bbc sport website. last nights action, they are used to winning all the time at the moment but manchester city were given a nervous few minutes in the premier league,
manchester city had been hugely impressive once again, eventually winning 2—1. leroy sane and riyad mahrez with the goals but it was a nervy finish. the home side fought back. 13th win in 15 league games for manchester city, five points clear at the top of the league. brighton, bournemouth and west ham united also won. tonight, manchester united welcome arsenal to old trafford. united are 19 points off leaders manchester city and face an arsenal side bang in form after their win over spurs at the weekend. boss jose mourinho's not a happy man though, he's had go at tv pundits who have suggested that he's lost the dressing room. football dominates this morning's back pages. the telegraph salute's manchester city's latest premier league win, "over to you liverpool" is their line. "man up" says the mirror
afterjose mourinho accused some of his players of ‘dishonesty‘ because they're not trying hard enough. and the sun says that the spurs boss mauricio pochettino's told his players to stay off their phones until they've won something. no dressing room selfies. let's run you through some more of this morning's headlines, and uk sport has hired its first head of mental health. it's after it's chair, dame katherine grainger, began their mental health strategy in october following a series of scandals over the treatment of athletes. the olympic champion adam peaty has launched a stinging attack on swimming's governing body. he says the sport is stuck in the 1970s and wants fina to take urgent action to modernise. and judd trump is through to the fourth round of the uk championship. the world no 5 comfortably beat mark king to qualify for the last 16 in york. the most feared potter in the game. and now i and how about this for one of the best saves mistake by the goalkeeper... shot...
hang on, what was that, shall we see that again, deflection... saved by the head of a dog! micro social media... and the england cricketer ben stokes is adding to his already extensive collection of tattoos. a collection of lions on his back. he says it's taken six hours to get to this point and there's 18 hours to go. ouch. i cannot imagine it. i hope he feels
like it is worth it at the end. after being defeated in the house of commons yesterday, the government will this morning publish the full legal advice it was given on theresa may's brexit plan after it was found to be in contempt of parliament in his first broadcast interview since being freed, british academic matthew hedges, accsused of spying and jailed in the united arab emirates, says he felt as if he were being "mentally tortured". and, the home office is accused of failing to heed repeated warnings about the negative affects its immigration policies would have on the windrush generation. an update on the market numbers for you, here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. a day of mourning is being held
in america as a state funeral is held for the former president, george hw bush, who died on friday at the age of 94. his body has been lying in state in washington where more than 26,000 people have paid their respects. our correspondent, rajini vaidyanathan, has more. a fitting farewell for america's first president. ahead of the state funeral, tens of thousands of people who lined up to pay their respects to george hw bush. mourners of every age and background united in their grief. i thought he was a great man and he showed that you could be a politician without letting politics takeover. it is very moving. i may not have agreed with all of his policies but i think
he was a wonderful man. it was also a special goodbye from his two—year—old service dog. i, george herbert walker bush... sworn in in 1993, president george hw bush devoted his life to politics. he was a congressman, the head of the cia, and vice president to ronald reagan. eight years later, his son followed him to the white house. he will be delivering a eulogy at the funeral. president trump will be a guest but will not speak at the service. the late president bush insisted he was invited, ending a feud between two families who once traded insults. preparations are under way here at the national cathedral in washington, dc for the state funeral. former president obama and clinton will attend as well as foreign dignitaries including prince charles and angela merkel. wednesday is an official day of mourning in the united states. a chance to the country to remember a man whose public service few can match. britain has been sharing
energy with other european countries since the sixties, and today a new link with belgium is being launched. to make the connection, construction teams have been laying underwater cables for the last three years, and as john maguire has been finding out, they've made some very unusual discoveries along the way. this is the moment a royal navy bomb disposal team blew up a wartime german sea mine. good effort, gentlemen. it's just one of the 1,200 bombs the team laying submarine cable across the north sea have counted. the two cables run for 140 kilometres and will allow electricity to be exchanged between belgium and the uk.
the installation is a huge task. that is copper, and that is where the actual current will flow, and that'sjust the same as the copper in domestic wiring, only slightly larger. below ground you have incredibly fast moving sounds. so, there's a lot of high current, poor water visibility. we had divers in 50 metres of water with zero visibility in a shifting, dynamic environment, so that's a major risk to manage when you send them down to work in those locations. for the last three years, at a cost of almost £600 million, the route has been surveyed, excavated, and the cable has been buried. this is where it resurfaces, and the electricity is connected to the national grid. it is already sticking out of the soil. these underwater shots show how the nemo link, as its called, has come across many hazards, challenges and treasures. you want to rig it up like this? ok, so, in here we have one of the nicest finds, which is an early 18th—century canon. it is quite important, because it is from a period where standardisation of ordnance
was very important. the working theory is that there was a vessel in distress, it was taking on water and it needed to lighten its load, effectively, to prevent itself from sinking, so it would have jettisoned stores and equipment and perhaps the canon as well. —— cannon. and along with the more contemporary finds, they've unlocked a prehistoric secret. they discovered a prehistoric river channel, and within that river channel they took sediment cores, and from the analysis of the sediment cores they were able to reconstruct the climate based on the evidence of vegetation that could be found from 10,000 years ago. the aim of the cable is to improve energy security and to cut customers' bills, this but what was designed as an engineering task has become so much more, revealing the past locked deep beneath some of the busiest waters in the world. this is completely out of the sea bed now.
john mcguire, bbc news, kent. a letter written by the scientist albert einstein has sold at auction for almost £2.3 million in new york. titled "god letter" it was written in 1954 in his native german and saw the then 74—year—old nobel—prize winner take issue with belief in god. the actor and comedian kevin hart says he has been chosen as the host of the 2019 oscars. he made the announcement on his social media page calling the news "unbelievable". hart takes over from the tv talk show presenterjimmy kimmel, who has presented the awards for the last two years. the academy, which organises the oscars, tweeted "welcome to the family" in response to hart's message. many of us will have not noticed it,
la st many of us will have not noticed it, last night was the coldest night of the autumn and winter so far, temperatures across the north of scotland down to minus nine celsius, really big contrast in temperatures, across the south, 13 degrees first thing this morning, the reason for the difference, we have had clear skies across the far north of scotland, elsewhere, a cloud around this morning, beneath all that cloud, we have this rain, the weather system moving north and east through the course of the day, making it very unpleasant for many of us, heavy rain across northern ireland, northern england, wales and the south—west, that rain will move east, making way too heavy rain, some dry weather coming through in the west, dry and sunny into this afternoon, a little bit chilly, temperatures five to 7 degrees, elsewhere, mild, ten to 14, tonight, the rain will continue to move away and clear, there will be some breaks
in the cloud, if you clear spells, generally speaking, cloud and showers moving into western areas, nowhere near as cold as last night across scotland, temperatures staying up above freezing, elsewhere, again, fairly mild. going into thursday, air coming in from the south—west, bringing more weather systems, and also bringing much milder conditions. you can see the orange on the air mass picture, right across the uk, much milder day for many. lots of cloud on thursday, showery rain from west to east. breaks in the cloud, down the eastern side, sunny spells, and temperatures on thursday, they will be around ten to 12 degrees, northern parts, 14 to 15 degrees across southern areas, northern parts, 14 to 15 degrees across southern areas, way northern parts, 14 to 15 degrees across southern areas, way above average for that time of year. into friday, low—pressure average for that time of year. into friday, low— pressure close average for that time of year. into friday, low—pressure close by, spell of windy weather on more weather fronts moving from west to east giving us outbreaks of rain.
generally coming away from england and wales, quite wet across the north and west of scotland, snow over higherground, north and west of scotland, snow over higher ground, these are the wind gusts, 30 to 40 mph, across northern parts of northern ireland, central southern scotland, we could see gusts up to 70 mph. after a mild start to the day, temperatures dropping away into the afternoon, seven to 10 degrees. could be some disruption, well worth staying tuned to the forecast. hello it's wednesday, it's 10:00am. i'm victoria derbyshire. more than 130,000 children in the uk will be homeless this christmas, according to the charity shelter. this is where 25—year—old limarra and her nine—year—old daughter have been living. it's temporary accomodation so they are considered officially homeless. they are here to tell us what life's like for them right now. in an hour and half the government