good afternoon. the leader of the brexit party, nigel farage, has announced he will not be standing as a candidate in the coming general election. he said he'll focus instead on touring the country to support his party's candidates. it comes days after he offered to form an electoral alliance with the conservative party, an offer which was quickly rejected by the prime minister borisjohnson. here's our political correspondentjessica parker. walking into this election, nigel
farage says borisjohnson‘s brexit deal is a gigantic con and that the brexit party is ready to field hundreds of candidates who will say so. hundreds of candidates who will say so. but he won't be one of them. do ifind a seat, so. but he won't be one of them. do i find a seat, try and get myself into parliament or serve the cause better by traversing the uk supporting 600 candidates? i've decided the latter is the right one stop light you aren't going to stand? know, very difficult to do both. after being turned down by the tories for a leave alliance. is there anything you can offer nigel farage at this stage? what i will say is nigel has spent his entire career say is nigel has spent his entire career fighting for brexit, the prime minister has negotiated a very good brexit deal. he says it isn't brexit total. i campaigned for leave. boris johnson is trying not to be on the back foot when it comes to be on the back foot when it comes to spending pledges. today, setting
up to spending pledges. today, setting up an the freeze on working age benefits from next year, scheduled to to happen anyway... labour says it's a cynical election ploy. they have spending plans too, a £60 billion programme of energy—saving upgrades for low income households. 27 million homes will be fitted to ensure they are insulated and that will be part of our contribution towards zero emissions. it will happen very quickly. it is early daysin happen very quickly. it is early days in this campaign, all parties are trying out their opening pictures. i'm a candidate to be prime minister in this election and frankly, when you look at the way borisjohnson and frankly, when you look at the way boris johnson and jeremy corbyn are carrying on, i think i could do a betterjob than either of them. we will be fighting hard for every vote, putting forward a strong prospectus about the future of scotland. parliament hasn't even been dissolved yet, that happens
this week. then days after your vote will be out across the uk hoping for a chance to work here and work out where the country goes next. jessica is here with me. some spending pledges from both main parties. yes and maybe there was some expectation this election would be to some extent about brexit, but this is a general election and parties know the broader issues will come into play. we've had another spending pledge today from the conservative party. i think they are trying to fend off accusations that they think will come that they are they think will come that they are the party of austerity, a charge they know that labour will lay at their door as they did in 2017. politicians seem to be detecting there is appetite for investment in things like public services and if all parties insist spending plans are all parties insist spending plans a re costed all parties insist spending plans are costed and sensible. however, if something of a bidding war occurs during this general election, a lot of people are going to ask where is
the cash coming from, is there a borrowing bonanza behind it? thank you. dozens of flights to the indian capital, delhi, have been diverted, because of poor visibility caused by toxic smog. schools are closed and a public health emergency is in place, in a city that's home to 20 million people. pratiksha ghildial has sent this report. for a fifth day, people in delhi are breathing the seasons worst and most toxic air. pollution returns every winter but many are saying this is the worst they have ever seen. in many parts of the city, pollution levels were more than 20 times the limit. these people had gathered outside the prime minister is house to demand a basic right, clean air. they believe there isn't enough political will to find a solution to the crisis. you can see how terrible
it is and it's scary, you can't see things in front of you. patients are coming with respiratory diseases and asthma. one of the main reasons for the pollution every year is the burning of the crop stubble by farmers in the neighbouring states to delhi. they say they don't have any other way to dispose of the crop residue. german chancellor angela merkel was also not spared, although she chose not to wear a mask. the visiting bangladeshi cricket team chose to continue... continue practising despite the severe air quality. pratiksha ghildial reporting there from delhi. let's take a look at some of today's other news. police in essex have arrested a man
on suspicion of murder after a car crashed into a pub. a 36—year—old man was killed, and three others were injured. it happened in the early hours of the morning at the spinnaker inn at hythe quay in colchester. demonstrators in iraq have been shutting roads in the capital, baghdad and other cities as they continue a wave of anti—government protests. more than 200 people have been killed in clashes with the security forces since the demonstrations began last month. airbnb has said it will ban bookings for so—called ‘party houses' after a shooting at a california home rented through the company left five people dead. the house was reportedly booked for a small group, before being publicised on instagram as the venue for a party for more than 100 people. a mass is taking place at the catholic vietnamese church in london to remember the 39 people who were found dead in a refrigerated lorry in essex ten days ago. police have not confirmed the individual identities of the victims, but believe they were all from vietnam.
0ur correspondent chi chi izundu is at the service. it has been an understandably emotional service for the vietnamese community in britain. they have congregated in the church behind me. it started with a projection of the container containing those 39 bodies from that industrial park being removed, followed by a minutes silence. the mass is being led by bishop nicholas hudson who said he wa nted bishop nicholas hudson who said he wanted to offer prayers to some members of the congregation who could possibly be relatives of the dead and the victims. he also offered prayers for the emergency services that had to deal with the incident. but interestingly he also offered prayers for the traffickers and said he hoped as a result of this tragedy they would have a change of heart. as you said, essex police have confirmed they've been
in contact with a number of victims in the uk and in vietnam and say they are still gathering evidence in different jurisdictions they are still gathering evidence in differentjurisdictions around the world. formula 1, and lewis hamilton could clinch his sixth world title at the us grand prix later. he starts in fifth position on the grid after qualifying yesterday. the only rival who can theoretically still beat him is his mercedes team—mate valtteri bottas, who starts in pole position. nick parrott reports. a sixth formula 1 world title is almost in lewis hamilton's hands. 0nly mercedes team—mate valtteri bottas can keep him waiting. but the finn has his work cut out because he must win in austin or it's all over. in a colder than usual texas, he kept the heat on in qualifying, claiming pole position at the circuit of the americas for the first time. this is one of hamilton's favourite tracks, having won here more than anyone else. but he could do no better than fifth, more than a quarter
of a second off the pace. obviously not great, but it is what it is. we have another day to fight tomorrow, so just try and focus on tomorrow. valtteri did a greatjob, so congratulations to him. it should be a fun day. there's all the possibilities still in the world, so let's see. even if bottas wins, hamilton will become champion if he finishes eighth. it would see him move above juan manuel fangio in the all—time list. next season he could equal michael schumacher‘s seven titles and surpass his 91 race wins. and he already has more pole positions than anyone else. already one of the greats, hamilton may go on to become the greatest of all. nick parrott, bbc news. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one
is at az50pm, bye for now. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. let's go back to the news that nigel farage, brexit party leader, won't be standing as a candidate in the general election. earlier i spoke to matthew goodwin, professor of politics and international relations at the university of kent. he said the brexit party could play a big role in this election. potentially they will play a big role, even if nigel farage is not standing himself, he made clear this morning that he will be supporting potentially hundreds of brexit party candidates across the country, and were those candidates to take as little as five or 6% of the vote, that would have a significant impact
on borisjohnson‘s ability to win the majority he wants, so the brexit party will be a big factor. in what sort of seats do you think the brexit party will be a particular threat to the conservatives? i think the first thing to say is, we have got to see what the strategy is. i imagine the brexit party will not stand candidates against eurosceptic politicians within the conservative party, and that would be a return to ukip's strategy in 2010, when they didn't stand candidates against politicians that wanted a referendum on britain's eu membership. but if they were then to stand candidates in the all—important marginal seats where the conservatives are only a few points behind the labour party, that is going to cause a big problem for borisjohnson because the overwhelming majority of brexit party voters back at the european elections in the spring were former conservative voters. nigel farage is saying most
of his vote comes from labour voters. that may be true in some northern labour seats, but overall, the brexit party is going to primarily hit the conservative party. how sophisticated a campaign machine do you think the brexit party have and how well will they be able to fight this election? it will be a significant campaign. a few things to keep in mind — nigel farage has won many election ——nigel farage has run many election campaigns before, many of the people helping him at this campaign went through the 2015 campaign with him, when, of course, ukip polled a significant level of support. it's also just been revealed in the last few days that the brexit party's using voter targeting technology from the us and is mainly going to use that to target conservative cat from the us and is mainly going to use that to target conservative leave voters. that's not going to matter in lots of safe conservative seats in
the south—eastern sum along coastal england, but if the brexit party were to take a significant chunk of the conservative leave electorate in marginal, more competitive constituencies, that could make a really big difference. i think this is where the conservatives now are going to ask themselves how they can navigate this threat and keep squeezing that brexit party vote. there is all to play for in this campaign. what are your wider thoughts on what sort of election this is going to be? to what extent will it be dominated by brexit? will other issues like the nhs and so on come to the fore? it is already clear that this is not simply going to be the brexit election we were all told it would be. the big story has been the nhs, labour claiming it will be privatised, that the us will look to increase the cost of drugs. the conservatives say they are the best party to run the nhs. then there are parallel issues around
schooling, police, the economy, that will feed into this election debate, so one thing to keep in mind is, we went into this election perhaps thinking british politics begins and ends with brexit, but it may be that at the end of this campaign we realise that those traditional questions in british politics — economic redistribution, public services — are actually stilljust as important as the europe question in our political debate. a former royal marine who suffered with post traumatic stress disorder after fighting in afghanistan has been helping others in a similar position by running outdoor courses. nick goldsmith bought woodland near his home as a place to escape to between his deployments. his retreat has now received the backing from a charity supported by prince william and prince harry, as john maguire reports.
these are the woodland warriors. they have much in common — a military or emergency services background, and a history of struggle. nick and louise goldsmith bought this piece of woodland in somerset seven years ago, while nick was serving with the royal marines. the idea — to give him somewhere to go between deployments fighting in afghanistan. so this land came up and we had to manage it, and we worked quite hard managing it for quite some time. and then it kind ofjust developed quite organically, really. they realised that what worked for nick could also help others — a weekend in the woods learning bushcraft. chilling out down here and trying to retain what was left of my marbles between tours. you know, eventually, when it was time to leave the armed forces, and i was told you're medically discharged, this is the end of your career. you feel like you're living again, you know, from having felt like you're standing still and numb. helen barnett was the first female armed response officer
in the metropolitan police. during her career, she was stabbed, shot, and blown up — traumas she's been dealing with for 30 years. all of us here, to have done what we did at the careers we've followed, we were tough, robust individuals. and look how, you know, we've been floored by different traumas and things that have happened to us. and so, if it could happen to people like us, you know, all the people that are affected, you know, by other traumas... we're all only human, aren't we? absolutely. trauma is trauma, and it's about understanding that we are only human. steve priday served the first gulf war, bosnia, and northern ireland. sharing the story, that is a big part of the solution for a lot of people. not necessarily giving them answers, because everyone's situation is different, but actually sharing your experiences and saying — and by doing so you're saying you are not alone. i've gone through a similar situation and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
jimmy hartley was in the navy and now runs a website and podcast discussing mental health. you are going through treatment that you're embarrassed about or you don't talk about, there is that stigma attached to it. that isn't going to change overnight, and when you're around people that have been through similar things, you don't feel thatjudgement, and that gives you the confidence. the woodland warrior programme has just received backing from the endeavour fund, a charity for ex—service personnel supported by princes william and harry. it will pay for 72 places. there'll be men and women with a shared history, and with experiences in common, in an environment where they can be helped and they can help each other. john maguire, bbc news. routine hip checks for babies are failing to spot problems that can lead to major surgery and complications in later life, according to surgeons in dundee. hip dysplasia is a common
condition, where the joint is not properly formed. it is usually picked up during a child's medical check at six weeks old, but research suggests four out of five children with the condition are going undiagnosed. lisa summers reports. hello! this kind of routine check is done twice, within days of birth and then as a safety net at six weeks. it's a very difficult examination to do, actually. is that funny? elena is four months old. she was lucky as her hip dysplasia was caught early and her treatment straightforward. there you go! this was the harness she had, herfirst harness. you can see this strap, it was designed to keep her legs in that position. hip dysplasia is a common childhood condition, but doctors say that too many cases of it are being missed.
it's a very gentle and controlled method which isn't causing any discomfort or anything to elena, which is fantastic. part of the problem we have with these children, when they present at walking age or late, the more time that passes the harder it is to get a normal result. even with the best surgery you can ever do. there is no stopping rowan now, but she had to undergo major surgery at around four months old. problems with her hip were missed in both checks. she was in traction for a week, 24 hours a day with her leg suspended by her ankles and this frame over her cot. you miss the closeness you have with a young baby, it separates you physically from your child. it was only by chance that her dysplasia was discovered by a physio the family received for another matter. it shouldn't be down to luck, it should be down to proper training or systems that make sure it is picked up at the right time. all of the health visitors that we saw were doing theirjob,
it was just a lack of the fundamental expertise. the team of doctors based here at ninewells studied data over a five year period, and found if dysplasia was missed at the early check, it was frequently missed later on. we are really failing our patients and our population in not picking up the condition at an early stage. therefore, subjecting our patients to major surgery at a later stage, and an uncertain future. that can even mean hip replacements at a young age and a higher risk of arthritis. that is why doctors say an expert eye is required in the first few days. what we know is that if you have people with experience at doing the check, your rate of pick—up is much higher. so if we can really focus on improving the pick—up in the neonatal period, and avoid the need to pick up at six to eight weeks when it is a really difficult thing to do.
i'm pleased to say that both hips are normal now so you i'm pleased to say that both hips are normal now so you can be discharged. meanwhile, to the delight of elena and her mum and dad, she's just been given the all clear. lisa summers, bbc news. there have been more clashes between pro—democracy protesters and riot police in hong kong. at least four people have been injured in a knife attack outside a hong kong shopping mall. these are live pictures. it has calmed down somewhat, but anti—government protesters have been crowding into a shopping mall and there have been running clashes with there have been running clashes with the police, several people suffering wounds. police said that protesters had vandalised a restaurant after the peaceful chanting of slogans. several people wounded, and media
reports saying that a knife attacker had carried out an attack on four people, all part of the continuing protests in hong kong, demands for greater democracy and of course protests against the leadership of the chief executive, carrie lam, who has now withdrawn that extradition bill which ignited these many months of protests. the pro—democracy demands have widened since then. a three hundred year old violin, valued at a quarter of a million pounds, which was accidentally left on a train in london last week, has been safely returned to its owner. the instrument was handed over in a supermarket car park to its owner stephen morris after secret negotiations. the man who'd taken the violin said he'd made a mistake and apologised.
earlier i spoke to the musician stephen morris — he told me more about the 300 year old violin it was made in 1709, the same year that samueljohnson was born. it was made in rome, by techler. sorry... don't drop it! i'm struggling for words because i'm still getting over the shock of getting it back. it is 300 years old and worth £250,000. tell us the story — you lost it on a train? i was tired, finished very late at night at abbey road studios, and when i got off at my local station, i got off and left the violin where i had put it. and i didn't realise until the following morning that it was missing, which was a terrible shock. that is a heart attack moment, isn't it? it certainly is! how did you go about
trying to find it? first, i had to make sure i had a violin to play on tour, i was on tour with bocelli, and my wife lent me a violin. the btp took control of the search. the british transport police. that's right. their amazing team ran the search. and then you found it, and the person who had taken it gave it back. tell us a bit about how that happened. i got a message on my newly created twitter account to say that somebody knew somebody who had the violin, and a few phone calls later, we managed to negotiate a location to return the violin. you must have been gobsmacked, thrilled, delighted. all those things. a lot of prayers answered. let's hear a bit of that
beautiful violin, because you were playing a little bit earlier, and it makes the most amazing sound. thank you. plays amazing grace that is sumptuous. is it fair to say that you will be a lot more careful with that wonderful violin? that's a fair comment! maybe just chain it to your wrist when you are next going on a train. i think a tracker is probably in order. but you are grateful to everyone who helped.
hugely grateful. mike pannett, the author, who was the engine room of the search, what a hero. couldn't have done it without him. stephen morris with his £250,000 300—year—old violin. we will talk about something else worth a lot of money now. earlier this week, we told you about a charity fundraising auction held by the actor and singer olivia newton—john, whose best—known role was of course sandy in the film grease. and the skinny black trousers she wore in the film were the star of the night, being bought forjust over £314,000. she's previously said they were so tight, she had to be sewn into them for each day of filming. the identity of their buyer remains a secret — but the auction raised roughly £1.9 million in totalfor 0livia's cancer treatment centre.
well done, 0livia well done, olivia newton john. now it's time for a look at the weather. a bit ofa a bit of a mixed picture today. much less windy than yesterday. some of us less windy than yesterday. some of us have blue sky and sunshine, but some places have cloud and showers. this picture comes from a weather watcher in shropshire. a few showers cropping up here and they are through the remainder of the afternoon, but the wind has died down compared to yesterday, and many of us will see sunshine coming and going through the remainder of today. we have got low pressure with us. today. we have got low pressure with us. it has been stubborn and slow moving, this low pressure, for several days. weather fronts gradually rotating around this area of low pressure. 0ne gradually rotating around this area of low pressure. one of those is bringing rain to parts of cornwall,
down towards the channel islands, and that will push north—east later this afternoon and this evening. patchy rain for parts of northern england and for eastern scotland. quite breezy for northern scotland, breezy in the south—west too. sunny skies elsewhere. temperatures of 10-15dc, skies elsewhere. temperatures of 10—15dc, reasonably mild for the time of year. quite pleasant in the sunshine. this evening, showers in the south—west push north across england and wales. some of them heavy, the odd thunderstorm mixed in. the rain becoming more persistent across eastern scotland tonight. it will be frost free with all the cloud and breeze around. low pressure with us through the day on monday, but not as many isobars on the map as yesterday. quite breezy for northern and eastern scotland, persistent rain and there could be flooding issues for eastern scotland, where there has been quite a bit of rain over the past few deals. for the cell, sunny spells
and showers, most of them poor southern and south—west england. temperatures of 10—13dc, a touch down on this afternoon. 0n temperatures of 10—13dc, a touch down on this afternoon. on tuesday, one or two showers, particularly for eastern scotland, central and eastern scotland, central and eastern england. drier and brighter towards the north and west, where there is a northerly airflow. cooler, aberdeenjust there is a northerly airflow. cooler, aberdeen just seven celsius on tuesday. 0vernight into wednesday, the blue colours slip further south, introducing a chillier feel. many of us in single figures through the middle of the week. still a few showers, but sunshine on the cards too. a typical autumnal mix through the week ahead.
hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the brexit party leader, nigel farage, says he is not going to stand as a candidate in the general election. doi do i find doifind a do i find a seat, try to get myself into parliament? do i serve the cause better, traversing the length and breadth of the united kingdom, supporting 600 candidates? i have decided that the latter course of action is the right one. the government confirms the benefits freeze introduced by the conservatives three years ago will end next april. income tax will rise for the top 5.0% of earners