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today at 5: after weeks of intense debate, a major shift in labour's brexit policy. jeremy corbyn says there should be another referendum on a conservative brexit deal or a no—deal exit and that labour should back remain. the tories want no deal. we will stop that, and we believe the public should have a vote to decide whether it should be no deal or remain in the eu. meanwhile, three prominent labour peers resign the whip, citing the party's failure to tackle anti—semitism. we'll have all the latest from westminster and will be getting the thoughts of two leading labour mps. the other main stories on bbc news at 5: president trump launches another twitter tirade against the british ambassador in washington — this time mr trump calls him a pompous fool
and a very stupid guy. a form of medicine called gene silencing is approved for use by the nhs — doctors say the impact is amazing. this is huge. this is making a disease that was previously untreatable treatable and has the potential to make patients‘s lives dramatically better. the first study of its kind finds that most ethnic groups in the uk earn less on average than white british workers. and johanna konta — britain's last remaining hope for victory at this year's wimbledon — is fighting for a place in the semifinals.
after weeks of intense debate within labour, jeremy corbyn has announced a significant shift in the party's position on brexit. he's called on the next conservative prime minister to hold another referendum before taking britain out of the eu, and he's said that, in that case, labour would campaign for remain. but mr corbyn has not explained what labour would do if it won a general election and whether it would try to negotiate its own brexit deal with the european union. our political correspondent, nick eardley, reports. brexit has not been easy forjeremy corbyn. the landscape for labour has been far from simple. party members back staying in the eu but, when it comes to labour voters, the picture is more complicated. for months in here, the party has tried to keep everyone happy, but road is running out. today, mr corbyn said the pm should
put their plan to a referendum and labour would back remain. any deal should be put to a public vote so people can decide whether they want to accept that position, or, as an alternative, to remain in the eu. sometimes watching the labour party's brexit position evolve has been a bit like watching an oil tanker turn round. but in a meeting up there at the shadow cabinet, there has been a shift agreed. now the party will say to whoever our new prime minister is, you have to put your plan to the people, and, if they do, the labour party will back remain. all clear? not quite. we still don't know what labour would campaign for in a general election and whether it would back remaining if it managed to get its own brexit deal. the next election will come when it comes. it may be in october, it may be next year, even 2022. i don't know. what you've gathered from this discussion is that we have a very large barty and a very large
membership and many parts to our party and movement. we are going to decide what our position is going to be. we don't know whether we will have left the eu, whether we are in the eu, or in a parliamentary struggle. right now, we have a very strong pre—election policy that i'm proud of, our members will be proud, they campaigned for it. it has taken too long but hopefully we can go and campaign for it. some wantjeremy corbyn to go further. brexiteers will accuse the labour party of ignoring the referendum result. but the party is now moving in the direction of backing staying in the eu, even if the journey isn't yet complete. nick eardley, bbc news, westminster. let's go to the houses of parliament now and speak to our political correspondent, jessica parker.
how big a shift in labour party policy is this? it is a really significant shift in as you know pressure has been building onjeremy corbyn for quite some time, and particularly in the wake of those european parliamentary elections where the perception was that parties like the lib dems and the greens had a clearer message on brexit, they mocked up a lot of votes that labour‘s mine should have been there. jeremy corbyn shifting today. however, still some mystery over what would happen in the event ofa over what would happen in the event of a general election and a jeremy corbyn government. the challenge for labour could be that what they have clarified their message to some extent it might not be as crystal—clear as per example the liberal democrats. joining me is that labour mp hilary benn. what do you make of today's shift?” that labour mp hilary benn. what do you make of today's shift? i welcome it. i think it is very significant indeed. it is not before time. we
have got 14% of the vote in the european elections, people did not understand what our position was, and we lost more votes to the greens and we lost more votes to the greens and the lib dems than the brexit party because people did not know where labour stood. we are clear now that we are in favour of a referendum in all circumstances and we will: the new prime minister, presuming it is borisjohnson, to put whatever deal he negotiates with the deal that the moment to the people in the referendum in which remain is on the ballot paper and labour will campaign for remain. should there be a general election? should there be a general election? should there be a general election? should there be a labour deal? what would happen then? as i understand it, the shadow cabinet took no decision about that. it's not good enough? if we have an election, we will have to be crystal—clear, and if labour were to go into that election, saying, we are negotiating
and we might be for brexit or might not be, afraid that will not wash. we will have to be absolutely clear, and if we are saying we are the party of remain, facing a boris johnson government if that's what we have in a couple of weeks' time, we need to have the courage of our convictions in those circumstances and the general election because the chances of labour getting elected, given what happened in the european elections, would not be very good. and finally on this one, in terms of those concerns that a number of your collea g u es those concerns that a number of your colleagues have, especially in the midlands and the north, leave voters would punish up the balance box for increasingly shifting towards a remain position, what you say to them? we are three years on from the referendum. you can have all your sovereignty back and keep the economic benefits which never
existed. brexit involves choices. and to go back to the people is the compromise. we have the same, it will be a no—deal brexit, which would be disastrous, on the other side we have those saying, cancel the referendum result. and the compromise position in the middle is to say, it's the choice, if you want to say, it's the choice, if you want to leave this is what it looks like and if you want to remain, and it's up and if you want to remain, and it's up to people to decide how to vote, it is not telling and want to change their mind, but if the british people have changed their minds, it would be onto leave if they have reached a different conclusion. the only way to find out to end the deadlock is ask them. three labour peers including a former general secretary have resigned the labour whip today, saying the party is anti—semitic, a claim that the labour party are strongly rejecting this afternoon, but what you make of this afternoon, but what you make of this latest development?” this afternoon, but what you make of this latest development? i am very sad to hear this news. david cheeseman was a distinguished
general secretary of the party, and when one yarn says they are resigning the labour whip or giving up resigning the labour whip or giving up their membership, i say, i'm sorry i hope you will come back one day, but undoubtedly we do have a problem with a very small number of members who it seems have engaged in anti—semitic conduct, and the proof of that is the equalities and human rights commission. when we were in government, we established it, they are undertaking a formal investigation of the labour party, and this cannot be allowed to continue, we have to rid our party of people who engage in this behaviour and then start the long and slow process of winding back the trust of the jewish community, and that's what i want to see. -- winning. three labour peers announcing they are resigning the labour whip over this ongoing row over anti—semitism, the labour party rejecting the criticisms of the party, it is the latest developments
in the now very long running saga. president trump has stepped up his condemnation of the british ambassador to washington, calling him a pompous fool and a very stupid guy who'd been foisted on the united states. it follow the leak of e—mails written by sir kim darroch, which described the trump administration as inept and dysfunctional. in his latest barrage of tweets, mr trump also said that theresa may had ignored his advice on brexit but that she had gone her own foolish way, leading to disaster. in the last hour, theresa may's spokesman said the prime minister has let sir kim know personally that he has herfull support. our diplomatic correspondent, james robbins, reports. thank you for your continued hospitality. the emir of qatar thanks donald trump at a white house dinner last night. routine, you might think, except that britain's ambassador, sir kim darroch, was not there, originally invited.
then warned off attending by the administration after sir kim's highly critical description of his administration as "dysfunctional, faction—riven, clumsy and inept," one of several secret assessments made for whitehall across two years and now spectacularly leaked. the great leak of the cache of documents has stung him to the quick, and i think he is also deeply irritated by theresa may's full faith and support in sir kim. so put those two things together and, from his point of view, you've got a toxic combination which has led to this shower of tweets. and the president's latest tweets are incendiary, even by his own standards.
the president goes on. it's extraordinary to see the president attacking her majesty's government in this way. the us in the uk have had policy disagreements many times over the years and we have always managed to work them out and the clubby in the spirit of cooperation and shared values, but this kind of personal attack is something i have never seen before. —— amicably. sir kim darroch seems safe in his post as ambassador. theresa may has repeated her support for him. and in whitehall, a cross—government leak inquiry is now under way. could the messages have been hacked?
that would be a devastating indictment of security. or was this a political plot inside the system? whoever has done it has taken very great care across a couple of years to do it to fillet the juiciest bits from these diplomatic telegrams, package them up and hand them over to a journalist. i suspect it's going to be quite hard to find out who that person is. uk relations with the white house are intensely strained. the president himself is rejoicing in the fact that theresa may will soon be gone. her successor will have to decide how to repair the damage. james robbins, bbc news. we can now talk to nancy soderberg, a democratic former white house deputy national security advisor and former un ambassador. when the president says that he is not dealing with the british ambassador, do you see this as an attempt by the president to dictate
who we have in washington and had to dictate british foreign policy, to some extent? i honestly would not read more into it the president's ego, and he is lashing out in unprecedented ways. the british ambassador is the cog in the wheel that everything that happens in washington, from the dinners to the tennis to the invitation at the residents or the embassy there. the ambassadorfrom residents or the embassy there. the ambassador from the uk residents or the embassy there. the ambassadorfrom the uk has to have the goodwill of the administration, so the goodwill of the administration, so the impact of this will new to his ability to function, and he will sadly have to be replaced. they will probably gracefully waiting to the new pm is in place, but the fact that an ambassador said what eve ryo ne that an ambassador said what everyone in washington are saying and it leaked, it is very u nfortu nate. and it leaked, it is very unfortunate. theresa may is right to stand up to him but this is not
sustainable. you talk about this being unprecedented. during the wikileaks being unprecedented. during the wikilea ks scandal, there being unprecedented. during the wikileaks scandal, there were american ambassadors around the world whose documents were leaked, what happened to them? many of them resigned, but they did not get into a personal twitter spat with the head of state, that is the difference here. normally these things would be handled quietly through back channels, they would be told they were not happy with the statements, it would be handled in a back door way, and they would be a graceful way to try and change the ambassadors, but to be attacked by the president in such vicious terms is what is unprecedented about this. it is unfortunate. so kim has not said anything the rest of the diplomatic corps are saying privately amongst themselves and
these dinner tables around washington, but the fact it is now attributed to him is right to investigate the leak, make sure the ambassadors of the future can do their reporting in a frank way that they are not worried about getting leaked. the tragedy is, will be ambassador have to wait until he is back to london to give a report? we don't want to have that situation. governments rely on frank assessments such as governments rely on frank assessments such as the one so kim was relying, and the fact we have a president that lashes out and neuters his ability to function as u nfortu nate neuters his ability to function as unfortunate on every level. to relations between washington and london, we have seen in his latest twitter tie raid the president criticising theresa may and her brexit policy is foolish and a disaster, and in london, theresa may has said... would downing street have said theresa may has personally assured so kim that she has his full
support. she is a short-term prime minister. she is right as any prime minister. she is right as any prime minister would be to stand by the ambassador when he has done nothing wrong. he has done hisjob and done it well, he is well respected in washington. on principle, she has to stand by him, but on the other had the new government coming in for wa nt the new government coming in for wantan the new government coming in for want an ambassador who has access to the white house and can do itsjob, and that will necessitate a graceful rotation. he has been there since january 2016 so this can be done gracefully once there is a new resident of ten downing st, and hopefully they will give him a good post going on. very good to talk to you. former un ambassador, thank you very much indeed for being with us. my very much indeed for being with us. my pleasure. let's bring you some breaking news from the house of commons. mps have been debating a
series of backbench amendments relating to the northern ireland executive, and they have just voted in favour of extending same—sex marriage to northern ireland, but thatisif marriage to northern ireland, but that is if no northern ireland government is formed by the 21st of october this year. the proposalfrom a labourmp was october this year. the proposalfrom a labour mp was approved by 383 votes— 73, a huge majority of 310. but if and when the northern ireland executive is restored at stormont, it could prove all reverse that change. this is a development concerning same—sex marriage in northern ireland, mps voting to legalise same—sex marriage in northern ireland. but that is unless the devolved government has been restored by the 21st of october. we
will talk to our island correspondence in the next few minutes, just to talk a little bit more about how significant that vote is for northern ireland. well, the story we were discussing is likely to be raised in tonight's tv debate between the two conservative leadership candidates. our chief political correspondent, vicki young, is in salford, where that debate will take place. what are the issues that will come 7 what are the issues that will come up? a crucial question about the british ambassador, will that be debated? of course borisjohnson is pretty close to president trump. that is sure to come up tonight, and it is particularly interesting because jeremy hunt is it is particularly interesting becausejeremy hunt is the current foreign secretary, and borisjohnson
as his predecessor, and it's a huge dilemma for them because the nature of donald trump's tweets was so personal, the criticism of theresa may, one of america's closest allies, not a hostile state, are extraordinary even though we have grown used to donald trump taking to twitter and lashing out. this is at a different level. in the last couple of moments, jeremy hunt has responded directly to donald trump on twitter. he says this, friends speak frankly, so i on twitter. he says this, friends speakfrankly, so i will. these comments are disrespectful and wrong to our prime minister and my country. your diplomats give their private opinions, and so do ours. you said the alliance was the greatest in history, and i agree, but allies need to treat each other with respect as theresa may has a lwa ys with respect as theresa may has always done with you. ambassadors are appointed by the uk government, in ifi are appointed by the uk government, in if i become prime minister our ambassador stays. so a very strong
response therefrom jeremy hunt. people will want to tonight how the candidates play their reaction to this because do they defend the prime minister, their colleague, is the ambassador we have in washington? or will they be concerned about the future relationship with the president of the united who of course is erratic, it is hard to know what he will do next? borisjohnson has a report with donald trump, he has talked a lot about being close to him, so now having seen whatjeremy hunt has done the question is, how will boris johnson deal with all of this? we caught up with him earlier. i've got a good relationship with the white house and i have no embarrassment in saying that. i think it's very important that we have a strong relationship with our most important ally. the united states is, has been, will be, for the foreseeable future, our number one political, military friend and partner, and we're going to continue to stress the importance of that
relationship, believe me. that was boris johnson talking earlier. tell us more about the format of this debate tonight on tv and also some concern from jeremy hunt especially that the tory party membership have started voting ready. it is a postal ballot, those ballots were sent out, and many people will think that people respond quickly. the hunt campaign tea m respond quickly. the hunt campaign team have been irritated about boris johnson not doing a head—to—head debate, not doing as many interviews asjeremy debate, not doing as many interviews as jeremy hunt has debate, not doing as many interviews asjeremy hunt has done. they think he was waiting until the contest was virtually over before doing that, but this will be a head—to—head debate, the only one live on tv, and it will be fascinating to see, and it will be fascinating to see, and it isjeremy it will be fascinating to see, and it is jeremy hunt's it will be fascinating to see, and it isjeremy hunt's last chance to turn this around because everyone thinks that borisjohnson is the runaway leader when it comes to the conservative grassroots. it is only
they that get a vote this time around, but of course it is more important widely because the person who becomes the tory leader will immediately become prime minister in just two or three weeks' time. so it will be interesting to see how the two men perform. borisjohnson, his tea m two men perform. borisjohnson, his team likely to go out and make a positive case for brexit, something he feels has not been done under theresa may, jeremy hunt will try and portray himself as the sensible candidate, the one who can get a deal, renegotiate it, who can bring the party together and the country together, so it will be fascinating together, so it will be fascinating to see their two approaches to all of this. a new form of medicine called gene silencing has been approved for use by the nhs in england. it will be used to reverse a disease called amyloidosis, which causes nerve and organ damage and can be fatal. doctors have described the impact of the gene—silencing technique as amazing.
our health correspondent, james gallagher, reports. neil and vince nicholas know the pain of amyloidosis. they had toxic proteins building up inside their bodies that were damaging their nerves and weakening their hearts. the disease runs through families and eventually it's deadly. it's decimated our family. but they've been given gene—silencing halt and even reverse their disease. and you just hope that someone is going to invent a drug. you know, i'm lucky that i'm here today to be able to talk to you about that. this is how it works. inside our cells are genes, they send out messages containing instructions for running our body. but in this form of amyloidosis, a rogue gene leads to a build—up of toxic proteins. gene silencing intercepts a messenger, disabling it and restoring the correct balance of proteins.
today's decision applies in england. choices on which drugs to fund are devolved in the uk. scotland made it available injune. this is huge. this is making a disease that was previously untreatable treatable. and has the potential to make patients' lives dramatically better. the drug may have saved neil's music career as he was starting to lose feeling in his fingers and his voice. but the implications of this study go much further than the brothers and amyloidosis. experts say gene silencing is an exciting new area of medicine with the potential to work on diseases that are currently untreatable. james gallagher, bbc news. let's go back to that breaking news we we re let's go back to that breaking news
we were just let's go back to that breaking news we werejust bringing let's go back to that breaking news we were just bringing you, mps voting to legalise same—sex marriage in northern ireland unless the devolved government has been restored by the 21st of october, so let's cross to stormont where our island correspondences. explain the significance of this vote for northern ireland. all the drama was happening in westminster, that's where the vote was taking place, but the reason is because there has been no government and no minister sitting here for over two years in northern ireland since the stormont assembly collapsed. what has happened in parliament today was what was supposed to be a straightforward bill going through to extend the deadline to allow more talks to take place to restore a government here, but that bill had amendments added onto it to further different courses, different thing supported by mps, and a significant one that has been voted on was an amendment by the mp, mcginty legalise same—sex marriage in northern ireland. northern ireland
is one part of the uk where same—sex marriage has not been legalised as it has been in the rest of the uk. there has been growing support and frustration amongst some mps in parliament to say, northern ireland should be the same as the rest of the uk, lgbt couples in northern ireland should have the same rights, and the fact there has been no assembly here or no way of making any change to the law here has led mps to try to find a way of doing that to westminster. that was the purpose of the amendment today. it has gone through by quite a sizeable majority, 383 votes to 73, there we re majority, 383 votes to 73, there were lots of arguments in favour of changing the law in northern ireland to provide the same rights for people as they have across the rest of the uk, but there was also a lot of the uk, but there was also a lot of opposition, particularly from northern ireland's dup mps who have been long—time process of same—sex marriage in northern ireland, who said it is wrong for westminster to intervene. this does not change the
law overnight. what it says is that there is a deadline in octoberfor there is a deadline in octoberfor the stormont assembly to be restored. if that doesn't happen, the onus would be on westminster to bring forward new legislation to change the law, to intervene in what isa change the law, to intervene in what is a devolved matterfor change the law, to intervene in what is a devolved matter for northern ireland. very briefly, there is also another vote in just a few minutes on abortion in northern ireland? that is right, another one of those amendments that has been tacked onto this bill because northern ireland is the one part of the uk where in most circumstances abortion is not legal, and there has been this growing campaign, just like on same—sex marriage amongst mps in westminster, who say, we need to intervene to change the law in northern ireland, so another vote full ta ke northern ireland, so another vote full take place which again would have the effect of putting the onus on westminster to intervene. we will see that one goes through. that was spearheaded by a labour mp who has been backing for a long time,
calling for westminster to intervene and to change the law in northern ireland. but these are issues in northern ireland which perhaps the rest of the uk has almost forgotten about because the law was changed so long ago. abortion has been legal in england since the 60s or so. perhaps it is something many viewers may have forgotten about that here in northern ireland where there is quite a conservative culture and strong influence of the church, that has had an impact on these issues, for very long time these have been extremely divisive and contentious issue so it's a significant moment that westminster mps are voting on. we will bring you that westminster mps are voting on. we will bring you the abortion vote when it comes through in the next few minutes, we expect. for the moment, thank you very much indeed. how is the weather looking, matt? fairly cloudy out there at the moment, and we have seen outbreaks of rain widely two. some pretty heavy bursts pushing
through north west england and north—west england, affecting england, affecting the cricket today. they will continue through the night. it will become clearer for a time across many parts of england and wales, few mist and fog patches and one or two showers into the morning. temperatures tonight on the morning. temperatures tonight on the muggy side, not much lower than 15 or 16 sources. the best of the brightness across england and wales, more sunshine at times for northern england and north wales than today, but are there amount of cloud and one or two showers across southern parts. the bulk of the wet weather will come and go. and then later in the day, eastern scotland could be the day, eastern scotland could be the focus for some intense thunderstorms which could have a few impacts to tomorrow evening's rush hour. most homes will form for scotla nd hour. most homes will form for scotland and northern england on thursday, turning drive thru friday and into the weekend. this is bbc news. the headlines.
a major shift in labour's brexit policy — jeremy corbyn says there should be another referendum on a conservative brexit deal — or a no—deal exit — and that labour should back remain. meanwhile, three prominent labour peers resign the whip, citing the party's failure to tackle antisemitism. president trump launches another twitter tirade against the british ambassador in washington — this time mr trump calls him a pompous fool and a very stupid guy. a form of medicine called "gene—silencing" is approved for use by the nhs — doctors say the impact is amazing. let's get all the sports news now at all eyes on johanna konta let's get all the sports news now at all eyes onjohanna konta at wimbledon. bad news i'm afraid as she has been knocked out of wimbledon in the last couple of
minutes. she lost in straight sets to barbora minutes. she lost in straight sets to ba rbora strycova. it is difficult to explain, she just fell apart in the second set, john? she did, she seemed to be coasting, johanna konta, she was up in the first set but then things started to fall apart and she lost it on a tie—break. barbara strike overjust did not look back from that point on. this is disappointing for johanna konta, she has been to the semifinals of wimbledon before two yea rs semifinals of wimbledon before two years ago and she seemed to be well placed to do that once again having seen off patrick a in the last round. sloane stephens before that, another grand slam champion. she seemed to be finding the right form
in the right time but consistency once again seems to be the major problem. we knew that she struggled on grass court tournaments and went out in the early rounds in eastbourne and birmingham but after her performance in the french open it seemed that she was on the brink of back—to—back semifinal appearances at the consecutive grand slams and i think heading back to the locker room doubt she will reflect on that and realise this was an opportunity missed. because it was swinger william is waiting for her in the semifinal, she came through after beating alison riske earlier on. that was not straightforward either for serena williams, she dropped the second set but produced some brilliant tennis in that decisive third set to see off alison riske who knocked out across the world number one ashleigh barty. just two of the top ten seeds are remaining in the top seed is simona halep. she is also true, she
came to earlier today and she will taste svitolina. —— face. what a contest it will be against simona halep. she is a former wimbledon semifinalist back in 2014 and back there again so we have the semifinal line—up. no johanna konta, serena williams is there as is simona halep who will face elina svitolina. but a big upset here today for a johanna konta when seemingly she looked on the brink of reaching the last four. and more on sportsday at 6:30pm and hopefully some reaction from johanna konta in a news conference. it has been a
frustrating day at old trafford with no play at the moment in the cricket. the black caps won the toss and chose to bat first. then the heavens opened. they will have to get going again in the next hour while they go into a reserve day tomorrow with the winner playing of course england or australia on thursday. but thunderstorms are forecast for birmingham. in the tourde in the tour de france that is progressing in the home favourite is still in the lead. geraint thomas 45 seconds behind in the general class.
still a lot of cycling to go. the first qualifying stages of the champions league start this evening — scottish champions celtic are in the bosnian capital to play fc sarajevo. their opponents have never reached the group stage before. welsh champions the new saints face kosovo's feroni—kelly tonight. and rangers start their europa league campaign in the next 20 minures, with a 5 to 5 kick off in gibraltar against stjoseph‘s. we'll have more for you in sportsday at half past six. lots more later. more now on our top story. in the last few minutes mps have approved an amendment aiming to extend access to abortion in
northern ireland. that was a vote by 332 votes to 99, a majority of 233. it follows a similar vote on extending same—sex marriage to northern ireland that we reported on earlier. all of this is on the basis that the province has been unable to establish its own devolved government by october the 21st so thatis government by october the 21st so that is the only scenario in which this would apply. westminster effectively extending same—sex marriage and abortion rights to northern ireland if the province is unable to re—establish its own devolved government by the 21st of october. so voting through by a co mforta ble october. so voting through by a comfortable majority on both of those amendments on same—sex marriage and on abortion. earlier the dup who are fiercely opposed to both of these, there westminster
leader nigel dodds said the proposals are seeking to drive a coach and horses through the principal of devolution, overriding concerns of people in northern ireland. more from westminster as it comes into us. jeremy corbyn has said labour would call for another eu referendum — and back remain — if the government negotiates a fresh withdrawal agreement with brussels or attempts a no deal departure. however, mr corbyn has left open the possibility of labour reaching its own brexit deal if it wins a general election. labourmp labour mp stephen kinnick is here. he is against another referendum along with 24 other labour mps for the his constituency voted to leave in 2016 for the what is your reaction to this significant shift in labour party policy? we can talk
about second referendums and general elections until the cows come home but the reality is that the new prime minister is going to be boris johnson and he is not going to come forward with a proposal for a referendum. even for those who do complain for a referendum and i'm not one of them, the only way to get it is through the withdrawal agreement bill. that is a bill that theresa may published and was u nfortu nately rejected theresa may published and was unfortunately rejected out of hand by my own front bench under pressure from those campaigning for a second referendum. but in fact the only way to get to that point is by voting for the withdrawal agreement bill which contains a number of key concessions to the labour party. so a more realistic approach would be a jeremy corbyn way to say to the new prime minister table withdrawal agreement bill and we will vote for that at second reading and when it gets to committee stage we can have a debate and vote on whether that should be put to a second referendum. that would be a more
pragmatic and realistic weight to ta ke pragmatic and realistic weight to take this forward. but what many labour party members are saying is that they want clarity and they want the party to be a party of remain and if they had been and remain parted they would have done better in the european elections where the liberal democrats cleaned up with that vote. this joy the last three yea rs has that vote. this joy the last three years has been and many others saying what they want and why they wa nt saying what they want and why they want it but not explaining how they are actually going to get there. we are actually going to get there. we are looking down the barrel of a catastrophic no deal crash out on october the 31st and borisjohnson made it clear that we will leave the eu come hell or high water on that date. our top priority has got to beat to prevent that happening and you can have all kinds of virtue signalling and unicorn chasing about how you will get a second referendum but until we vote the withdrawal agreement bill through we will not have a deal on the table that we could have a second referendum about
and by the weight the withdrawal agreement bill contains major concessions to labour on a customs union, environmental standards and a bill on workers' rights. so it is the product of the cross—party talks and this is about compromise now, it is not a dirty word, i democracy will struggle to survive if we are not able to compromise. party members would say this is about party democracy and they want labour to be and remain party openly campaigning for another referendum and complaining that labour should call for remain and effectively you are out of step with the party membership. i think the top priority is the fact that boris johnson is going to crash us out on the 31st october without a deal, but will have a massive negative impact on the british economy, on our national security and the northern irish peace process and i think that every labour party member and supporter and member of parliament should have
that at the top of their priority list. the only way to prevent an no deal crash out is to vote the withdrawal agreement bill through because you can amend that bill to make it illegal for the because you can amend that bill to make it illegalfor the uk to because you can amend that bill to make it illegal for the uk to leave without a deal because it is in primary legislation but without that we cannot bind the hands of the government, cannot have a debate and vote on whether it should be put to a second referendum, cannot create a brexit deal that would be aligned with labour priorities. so we've got to get real and think about how and not just why, we to get real and think about how and notjust why, we can contain as much as we want and protest as much as we wa nt as we want and protest as much as we want but if we do not wake up to this reality we are going to see a massive self—inflicted wound on the united kingdom on the 31st of october. it has to be our priority to prevent that. but your priority also has to be to get out of the doldrums in the opinion polls where labour is at the moment and one of the ways arguably of doing that is
to have clarity on your brexit position and the position you outlined with respect, is a little bit nuanced perhaps. politics is complex, it is nuanced the story of the last three years has been lots of bandwagon jumping and the last three years has been lots of bandwagonjumping and single issue opportunism and polarising politics. the liberal democrats on the one hand and the brexit party on the one hand and the brexit party on the other has polarised as and paralysed us and the problem with that paralysis is the legal default position is if there is no alternative deal on the table then we crash out on on the 31st and we have got to break the deadlock and break the logjam and put the country first. and i think on the politics of this we need to take the air out of this we need to take the air out of the brexit balloon, if we can do that i think we can get politics back to where it should be, the bread—and—butter issues of jobs, security, public services. the things people on the doorstep in my constituency really want to talk
about. another issue people are talking about with the labour party is anti—semitism of cause and we have three labour peer is resigning the whip. i think it is shameful that our party has got itself embroiled in this and i'm devastated by it. i have campaigned for much of my adult life for palestinian rights but never allowed that to dip into any anti—semitic words or sentiments. i think there are pockets of the party driven by bizarre and crazy conspiracy theories about capitalist plots led byjewish financiers. it is wrong, it is not labour, we need to work that out as it is evil. i understand why my colleagues from the house of lords have done what they have done, i'm disappointed by that but i will stand and fight and stay and fight for the values that i think define the labour party. we have to save
our party from this evil, we have to root it out and expel anyone that has ever expressed any of these disgusting views. and we've got to once again give the british people are labour party there can be proud of. stephen cilic, thank you very much. now we look at the policies being promoted by the new leader of the conservative party contenders. today it is the turn of borisjohnson. he is not with me in the studio but chris morris is. art reality check corresponded to take us through some of his policy proposals. let's start with brexit. the number one item on the intake for whoever wins and as we know boris johnson, the intake for whoever wins and as we know borisjohnson, his main deal
on brexit, deal or no deal, living on brexit, deal or no deal, living on the 31st of october. he said we are leaving do or die, quite a bold promise because the chances of me negotiating a deal, the eu says it is not up for that and then ratifying and legislating for that before october the 31st is extremely remote and on the other hand no deal, we know that there is a majority in the house of commons including members of his own backbench and some in the current cabinet who would try to stop that happening. so it will be difficult to do. we negotiate effort will be led by the idea of ditching with the irish backstop. the problem with thatis irish backstop. the problem with that is the eu has said consistently without a backstop there can be no withdrawal agreement and without a withdrawal agreement and without a withdrawal agreement and without a withdrawal agreement there can be no transition period which gives you time to sort out things like the irish border. the other thing he said he wants to do is withhold the divorce bill, the £39 billion that
theresa may has said they promised to pay the eu as we leave. boris johnson and his supporters say we've got to act tough and show we mean business but the trouble is if you say it are not paying that money than the goodwill that you need to have a good free trade agreement in the future disappears. so many promises but difficult to deliver. his economic policy, quite a lot of promises there in terms of tax cuts as well. it is an elections are both candidates are promising to cut taxes and spend money. this is his biggest offer on tax to raise the threshold for a high level of income tax owners, so the point at which you start to pay 40% on income tax instead of 20% the moment it is set at £50,000. he wants to raise that at £50,000. he wants to raise that at £80,000 and that would cost about £10 billion a year. the criticism is it only benefits people who already earned more than £50,000 so there is
another proposal to raise the threshold at which you start to pay national insurance and at the moment you start to pay but when you earn about £8,500 a year and for every extra £1000 you raise that floor and that costs around £3 billion a year. so quite a lot of money to be found for those tax proposals in terms of spending, he said he wants to raise public sector pay. not quite clear by how much but for every 1% increase public sector pay it costs roughly £1.8 billion for the p also spoke about more money for education and over a five year period, 20,000 more police officers taking us in england and wales back more or less to the level we were at in 2010. just over 140,000 police officers for that that is another billion pounds so a lot of money promised not just by boris johnson pounds so a lot of money promised notjust by borisjohnson butjeremy hunt as well, and we have heard the
outgoing chancellor saying we are conservatives, do not promise to spend money that you do not have. there is an ethnicity pay gap in britain for many workers, according to the first study of its kind. the office for national statistics found that members of some ethnic groups earn less on average than their white counterparts. workers from pakistani and bangladeshi ethnic groups had the lowest median hourly pay, but people of chinese and indian groups buck the trend. simon jones has been looking at the data. does the colour of your skin affect what you earn? after the recent row over the gender pay gap, focus has now turned to the disadvantage that others face, with too many ethnic minority employees hitting a brick wall in their careers, according to the government. this is the first analysis we've been able to do looking at specific different ethnicities and their pay gaps in regards to white british. the ethnic pay gap is largest in london, and its smallest, in fact, its positive in the north—east and eastern
regions of great britain. the office of national statistics calculated that the median pay for a worker who is white british is just over £12 an hour, but employees from bangladesh earn just £9.60 an hour on average. chinese workers, though, buck the trend, earning £15.75 in comparison. in fact, all ethnic groups other than indian, chinese and those of mixed or multiple ethnicity had lower average wages than white british employees. it's a complicated picture, but unlike the data for the gender pay gap which is reported by companies themselves, today's figures compiled by the office for national statistics come from looking at the annual population survey where people are asked for ethnicity and how much they earn. the pay gap is particularly prevalent in london. when you compare with your colleagues who are not from the same community, the same group, you can see a big gap.
yeah, obviously, we are fighting it and i hope by bringing that up, it will make a change. i work in hr, so yes, you can see that beyond a certain level, there is a discrepancy amongst ethnicities, but i don't think that's anything to do... anything malicious or anything untoward. i think it's just that people on that level just happen to be white. today's figures don't analyse in detail the reason for the pay gap, but pressure will now grow on firms to address the imbalance. shining a light on the issue gets people and employers and employees themselves talking about where these gaps come from and what they can do, so shining a light on the issue is a really important first step. it won't solve it, but it's a good first step. and to make businesses fully reflective of the communities they serve, the government is now considering obliging companies to publish their own ethnicity pay gaps. simon jones, bbc news.
researchers says that nearly 30,000 cases of cancer in men in the uk are likely to be prevented in the next four decades because of a scheme to vaccinate boys against the human papilloma virus. until now, only girls have been offered the jab but, from the next school year, it will also be available to 12 and 13—year—old boys. lauren moss has more details. whenjamie rae was 44, he noticed a lump on the side of his neck about the size of a 10p coin. tests at a clinic in scotland revealed that he had throat cancer caused by the human papilloma virus, or hpv. jamie needed surgery, radio— and chemotherapy. i couldn't eat properly. i couldn't speak for a good three months. and i really couldn't swallow anything. i was struggling to swallow water, just because of the inflammation and the burning and pain that the radiation had caused. more or less all of the side right around my throat
was terribly burned. it was very painful. girls have been vaccinated against hpv since 2008. that wasn't available to jamie when he was younger, but from the next school term, boys aged 12 and 13 across the uk will be given the jab for free. hpv is most commonly spread by sexual contact, and causes most cases of cervical cancer. but it is also linked to several cancers among men. a study by the university of warwick estimates that over the next 40 years, expanding the vaccination programme to boys could prevent more than 100,000 cancers in the uk, including 21,000 fewer throat cancers among men. cases of anal cancer could be reduced by almost 7000. and it could also result in 64,000 fewer cases of cervical cancer. those boys will be protected against some of the cancers that are due to this infection, but they will also protect their partners by not spreading the infection, and that will impact on women and men.
so we should see a major change in the rates of cancer in the future. older teenage boys will have to pay for the vaccine, but doctors say they will be protected, because women up to the age of 25 can receive it. gay men under 45 years old are eligible to get it for free. a recent study found that over the last ten years, there has been a dramatic reduction in cases of hpv and precancerous growths. it's hoped that this roll—out will save more lives in the decades to come. lauren moss, bbc news. a major incident has been called to deal with the high levels of demand at the royal cornwall hospital — last night the hospital was put on black alert when patients were being treated in corridors and up to 15 ambulances were waiting for beds to become available. the trust is working with local authorities
to resolve the situation. cressida cowell — the author and illustrator of the how to train your dragon and the wizards of once books — has been named as the new waterstone's children's laureate. she says she will be a laureate who ‘fights for books' and wants to give children the chance to write whatever they want, once a week. she spoke to our arts editor, will gompertz. heroes, humour, and plenty of action. here i was worried we might turn up empty—handed! the dreamworks adaptation of the bestselling how to train your dragon books, which are written and illustrated by cressida cowell, the new children's laureate, who popped into this primary school in west london to talk about reading, writing and... the wizards had lived... yes, wizards. children need to feel that books are a joyful thing. so what they need to have is access to books. not every primary school has a library. and even if they do have a library, the books may be very old fashioned,
they might not have a librarian and trying to get children to have access to books and to get the right book into the hands of the right child at the right time, that is a key factor in getting a kid to read for the joy of it. the other area i'm going to be focusing on particularly is getting children writing for the joy of it. 15 minutes every friday, for a kid to have a special book where they can write whatever they want. no rules, no marking, just fun. because i think children, you know, you need to know the rules but with the stats, i'm getting lots of parents and grandparents writing to me saying my kids used to love writing but now they are so worried about writing the right word or you know, their spelling or handwriting, they no longer want to put pencil to paper. the creative industries make £101 billion a year for this country. so we need creative children to be going into those industries.
cressida cowell calls her charter a giant to—do list, designed to inspire a new generation of readers and writers, some of whom might one day take their turn as the nation's children's laureate. will gompertz, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's matt taylor with the forecast. it was pretty damn across the northern part of the uk earlier on. some of us could do with that rain. the rain is still across central parts of southern scotland and northern ireland. towards the south—west not much rain around and barely a cloud in the sky for much of the day. staying clear through much of tonight with clear skies across many southern areas. rain in
parts of the midlands easing for a time. staying down through scotland and northern ireland right into tomorrow morning. but temperatures not dropping too much tonight, holding mostly into the mid—teens and feeling muggy across the south as well. perhaps some showers around across the south but the main force of the main is to the north and west of the main is to the north and west of the main is to the north and west of the country. predominantly dry at wimbledon tomorrow, a bit more sunshine and temperatures on the app. but with increased humidity. more humid throughout england and wales. some showers here and there. a greater chance of some rain again in northern ireland and through scotland, east of scotland could be the focus of some torrential thunderstorm is in the afternoon. temperatures around 25 degrees in
the south—east corner with high humidity, really feeling warm. further north starting to notice a warmer feel that continues into thursday. a scattering of showers around. some sunshine in between but temperatures building in the afternoon. again some big thunderstorms to finish the day and those could have an impact on the rush—hour on thursday evening. those fade away on friday and feeling a bit fresher. cloud building up and some showers around. temperatures down on what we've seen heading towards the weekend it looks like things turn dryerfor towards the weekend it looks like things turn dryer forjust about all as those showers continued to fade.
wacky and a stupid guy. it comes after donald trump stepped up his attack on kim darroch, saying he would no longer deal with him. the foreign secretary said if he becomes an ex prime minister, kim darroch will stay on. jeremy hunt and boris johnson go head to head in the latest debate in their battle to go for number ten. also on the programme at... labour calls on the next
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